After Sandy: A Tale of Two Transit Systems

Monday, May 13, 2013

WNYC News metro editor Andrea Bernstein and Kate Hinds, producer/reporter with Transportation Nation, discuss their reporting on the differences between the MTA's and NJ Transit's preparations for Sandy and level of damage the two systems suffered from the storm.

WNYC and The Record asked, separately, for documentation of NJ Transit’s hurricane preparedness plans. Both news organizations received the same reply: a three-and-a-half page document with the words “New Jersey Rail Operations Hurricane Plan” atop the first page.

Everything else was blacked out.


Andrea Bernstein and Kate Hinds
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Comments [6]

What was the cost of the prophylactic actions the "reporter" is advocating should have been taken?

Monday morning is always full of "20-20" hindsight. ;-)

May. 13 2013 10:58 AM
Amy from Manhattan

The entire document obtained via the "Open Public Records Act" was blacked out? I guess their definition of "open" is that you can open it.

May. 13 2013 10:46 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

yes, Fuva,

You are correct. But when they are stricken by cancer, they don't want to give up 10% of their lifespan when they lose that bet. They want the government to save them. If you bet your life, you've got to accept the loss if and when it comes.

May. 13 2013 10:44 AM
art525 from Park Slope

WHat a shrill voice.

May. 13 2013 10:44 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

This is all political. There are both good and bad reasons why to store stuff underground versus above ground depending on the probability of the kind of disaster you are anticipating. 20/20 hindsight is always perfect compared to 20/20 foresight. Reporters are always so clever, in hindsight.

May. 13 2013 10:39 AM
fuva from harlemworld

In fact, a 10% risk seems reasonable to the layperson. It's why so many people smoke, etc. The reporting here needs to take this into account.

May. 13 2013 10:39 AM

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