NYC Transit Crippled After Storm, Could Be 4 More Days Till Normalcy

2

mta-train-subway-stationTrains, planes and buses were stranded across the region after Sandy pummeled New York.

The subway system will not be running today and could be down for several more days after Hurricane Sandy caused the worst damage in the history of the 108-year-old system.

As of last night, seven subway tunnels under the East River flooded, MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota said in a statement on the agency’s Web site.

“The New York City subway system is 108 years old, but it has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night,” Lhota said. “Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on our entire transportation system, in every borough and county of the region.”

Lhota said Metro-North Railroad lost power from 59th Street to Croton-Harmon on the Hudson Line and to New Haven on the New Haven Line.

We are assessing the extent of the damage and beginning the process of recovery,” Lhota said.

The LIRR saw flooding in one East River tunnel.

The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel was completely flooded out and the Queens Midtown Tunnel was closed after flooding.

Six bus garages were disable by high water, the statement said.

“Our employees have shown remarkable dedication over the past few days, and I thank them on behalf of every New Yorker. In 108 years, our employees have never faced a challenge like the one that confronts us now. All of us at the MTA are committed to restoring the system as quickly as we can to help bring New York back to normal.”

LaGuardia, Newark Liberty and Kennedy remained closed on Tuesday.

Stewart International Airport, which is 55 miles north of the city, is open. However, air carriers have suspended operations until further notice.

Teterboro in New Jersey also is closed.

The JFK and Newark air trains are suspended.

Flooding from superstorm Sandy has been reported in PATH train stations in Hoboken and Jersey City along the Hudson River.

A surveillance camera inside the underground station in Hoboken captured water gushing in through an elevator door.

PATH officials say flooding has also occurred at the underground station at Exchange Place in Jersey City. They are not able to say how bad the flooding is.

PATH service between Manhattan and New Jersey has been suspended since midnight Sunday.

Yesterday, officials said the subways could be shuttered for four days.

And forget about riding the subways today. “There’s no chance mass transit will be back in time,” said Mayor Bloomberg.

Read more at THE NEW YORK POST

{Matzav.com Newscenter}

2 COMMENTS

  1. PATH officials say flooding has also occurred at the underground station at Exchange Place in Jersey City. They are not able to say how bad the flooding is

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here