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Former MTA Chief Offers Fresh Details on Sandy Prep

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 03:02 PM

Former MTA chief Joe Lhota, currently a GOP candidate for mayor in New York City, offered fresh details on how the nation's largest transit authority prepared for the state's most destructive storm.

Speaking on the Brian Lehrer Show, Lhota said there were "numerous different planning events, tabletop exercises, including management as well as labor.  That's a very important part of why the system came back as quickly as possible."

Lhota said that as soon as the extent of the storm surge became apparent, the MTA removed electronic relay boxes in the subway tracks.  "By virtue of taking them out they weren't affected by the salt water. It made all the difference in the world."

Lhota resigned as MTA chief December 31 to run in the 2013 mayoral election as a Republican. He said Wednesday that he was in discussions as early as last June about running, but that he didn't make up his mind until after Sandy.

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