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As Hurricane Irene heads towards us, New York City will shut down the entire mass transit system beginning at noon on Saturday. This includes bus, subway, and railroad service. The shutdown will most likely continue through Monday. The complete shut down was proposed on Thursday, and Governor Cuomo gave it the go ahead Friday afternoon. It may seem extreme, but with the subway’s history of flooding and our city’s ancient combine sewer system, this may be the only way to keep our public transportation system in working order.

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  1. lazyreader August 26, 2011 at 11:32 am

    New York City’s Subway floods all the time naturally due to the presence of underground water that permeates through the rock where the tunnels were dug. The system requires hundreds of sump pumps working around the clock diverting water out of the tunnels. I think a better question is can New York City’s Subways handle it’s own financial constraints. The NYC subway is the most cost effective transit system in America, yet still it’s very costly. They are in a multi-billion dollar maintenance backlog. Not to mention the billions needed to complete the probably cancelled new lines they intend to build. Meanwhile tongues are wagging in New York City about a new transportation technology that doesn’t require you to descend into a dank tunnel smelling of urine, sweat, and Lysol. This wondrous new technology is called a bus, and New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority used one to introduce a new bus-rapid transit line. Not only has it attracted many new riders, it has done so without costing more than 2 billion dollars a mile and more than a decade of planning and construction to start it up. Costing just 10 million to start, one new line offers frequent service with specially painted buses (as FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff says, “paint is cheaper than trains”). With red light priority the resulting buses are 41 percent faster than the local buses.