October 30th, 2012 15:03 EST
Hurricane Sandy created Historic and Massive Damage to Transportation Systems
Hurricane Sandy created historic and massive damage to the transportation systems in New York City. Several subway tunnels from Manhattan to Brooklyn were under water, especially the tunnels under the East River, however, "preparations saved most of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority`s trains," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a press conference today in New York.
"Sandy wreaked havoc on the entire transportation system "the subways, the buses, Metro North, and Long Island Rail Road In every single borough of the city and every single county in the MTA region. The trains, subways and buses themselves were not damaged by the storm. But the tracks and lines were," said MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota.
This is going to create a huge problem for residents that depend on public transportation. Over 5.3 million people commute and depend on the subways to get to and from work. At the South Street station downtown the water was way up to the ceiling.
The September 11, 2001 attacks disrupted the subway system lines running through lower Manhattan, particularly the ones that ran directly underneath the World Trade Center and Twin Towers, but nothing of this magnitude. Ten other nearby stations were closed while dust and debris were cleaned up. It took until March 2002 before seven of those stations reopened.
Lhota said that the subway system will come back in stages but it may take weeks to be back to normal.
"The work of getting our mass transit grid and our power grid restored, however, is going to take more time and a lot of patience," Bloomberg said.
According to Wikipedia, The New York City Subway is one of the world`s oldest public transit systems.. Does this mean that the structure could not handle a massive storm such as Sandy?