Irene Preparation Causes Shut Down Of NYC Metro Transit System

In preparation for Hurricane Irene, the MTA is shutting down buses, subways, and commuter rail in the New York City metro area. Transit operated till noon on August 27, then will begin the 8-hour process to store the vehicles and prepare for Irene.

The entire transit system will close for the weekend in preparation for the hurricane - no easy task. More difficult will be restarting the system as damage, included possible washed away Long Island Rail Road tracks on some branches, will have to be surveyed.

"The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said this process would take at least eight hours." The shut-down includes both Metro North and LIRR commuter trains.

"Restarting the system might take even longer.

About 200 subway trains are usually stored in outdoor yards, some of which, like those in the Rockaways, may flood. These trains will be stored underground in tunnels across the city, making it impossible for the agency to provide regular service on those routes

A major concern in the subway is flooding, particularly in open-trench tracks in Brooklyn and the low-lying stations in Lower Manhattan. Train signal systems can also short-circuit in a flood."

Meanwhile, the City itself is shutting down because on the hurricane.

Full Story: Stopping Trains, to Store Them Safely

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Irvin Dawid's picture
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Irene: Metro-North and NJ Transit commuter rail fare the worst

Correction: clarification of update posted under appropriate Irene-transit article, Planetizen: Back In Service! Most NY Rail Lines Resume Operation

Irvin Dawid, Palo Alto, CA

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