Wall Of Steel Rising Between A Train and Jamaica Bay

Monday, April 01, 2013


It's official: New York is Holland now. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is building a wall to keep out the sea along a two-mile stretch of the A line on its way to the Rockaways. The wall is made of thick steel and is rising seven feet above the tracks on the island of Broad Channel, in the middle of Jamaica Bay. The $38 million project is the MTA's first big step since Sandy to prevent flooding from future storm surges.


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LeeAnn from far rockaway

The MTA should get together and raise the tracks and use cement rather than use those metal pilings now when ever there is a major storm the train could get trapped and the people could be stranded and possibly drown in the flood the MTA slould have learned from this SANDY STORM so not only that the nice scenery of the air port and the other side of that whole stretch of ride will be all walls of steel now I don't think it is safe no more.

May. 20 2013 03:59 PM
Carol Schlaepfer from Ex- Broad Channel resident living in L.A., Calif.

Another completely idiotic Government idea. What are they using for money for this insane project...???? It is now past time for the people to say....ENOUGH...!!!! and push back to a place of common sense.
Stop the maddness.

Apr. 04 2013 06:15 PM
Robert from NYC

"on the island of Broad Channel"

Yikes, how can an island be a channel? Maybe one of the problems is that we've confused geographical formations as we've grown the city.

Apr. 02 2013 11:21 PM
stanchazz from NYC

Interesting "solution".
But what if ....a passenger train is stuck WITHIN the "walls of steel"
in a rapid water rise...a rise that floods or overlaps (thru wave action) the
sidewalls being now built?
In that case the water would be trapped.... as would the train.
Then the "protection" may become the opposite ..ruining the infrastructure with trapped salt water.

Sandy's surge was over 12 feet in New York Harbor, with waves on top of that rise
...and waves are much more of a factor near the ocean,
as are exposed areas of the Rockaways.
Heck, Sandy WAS very big (in area)
... and it came in at the absolutely worst angle (from the east/ southeast - and to our south,
pushing sea water counterclockwise straight into the
" L shaped" 90 degree angle where L.I. and N.J. meet at NY harbor)
... and it struck at the absolutely wrong time (full moon / high tide)
...BUT was barely even a cat one hurricane in terms of wind and rain and waves
and the even worse storm surge that could accompany a category 2 or 3 storm!!!
Things could be much worse...

Apr. 02 2013 05:33 PM

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