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Friday, August 26, 2011
UPDATED 8:55 p.m. ET Sunday: The MTA says it will restore limited subway service at 6am on Monday morning. Buses are currently running in all five boroughs. No word yet on Metro North and Long Island Rail Road.
UPDATED 5:55 p.m. ET Sunday Buses are back in operation throughout the city.
UPDATED 1:40 p.m. ET Sunday There is still no prediction of when subway service will be restored in New York City. Public officials were unapologetic about the decision to preemptively shut down the nation's largest transit system. "The actions that we took yesterday were right," Jay Walder head of the MTA said at the Mayor's afternoon press conference. He said the first service to return will be buses, some of which will first be used to shuttle evacuees back home he said.
He did not say when subway service would return, calling it a "difficult process" that will "take some time." He said, "we have widespread impacts of the storm. We have flooding, we have downed trees, we have power outages."
The worst fears were not realized however: salt water flooding into the tunnels under the East River. "Metro North has sustained real damage," Walder said. That appears to be the worst affected of New York area transit properties.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended his decision to evacuate coastal areas of the city. When asked what his message is to residents who will likely face a Monday morning commute without public transit, Mayor Bloomberg asked for patience, adding, "there are taxis, and some people can walk."
UPDATED 11:30 a.m. Saturday
All New York City transit remains shutdown 24 hours after the first ever total closure of the nation's largest subway and bus system due to a weather event.
Earlier this morning MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan told Transportation Nation, that there is "no estimate on restoration right now." He said they would soon release information on "the many tasks that must be done before service can resume."
It took approximately eight hours to shut the entire transit system down. LIRR and some Metro-North trains were stored on high ground away from low-lying yards. The MTA explained it takes two hours just to allow trains to complete their runs. Then they had to be positioned in safe locations. After that the crew members out safely need transportation out to safe locations.
Trains also were situated on express tracks some in locations distant from where trains end their runs. Stations were then secured, areas inspected and power shut down, according to the MTA.
There is widespread flooding on Metro North tracks including in two substations.
Monday, February 14, 2011
By Bob Hennelly
Almost a decade after the attacks of September 11th the nation's most essential emergency local lifeline -- 911 -- remains a local patchwork of antiquated technology vulnerable to failure when people need it most.
In 2010 the Congressional Research Service reported the nation's underlying 911 local call systems "operate exclusively on an analog technology using an architecture of circuits and switches" that date back to when ATT was the "regulated monopoly providing most of the nation's phone service."
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
(Detroit -- Pat Batcheller, WDET) Emergency officials in Ontario say they believe everyone who was stuck in deep snow on Highway 402 has been rescued. Blinding lake effect snow and strong winds off of Lake Huron have closed the highway between Sarnia and London, Ontario. The Blue Water Bridge, which carries traffic between Sarnia and Port Huron, Michigan, is closed to commercial traffic.
More than 300 people became stranded on the highway Monday after a massive winter storm dumped almost two feet of snow and ice along a stretch of 402 between London and Sarnia. The weather made plowing all but impossible, leaving motorists to fend for themselves overnight in sub-zero temperatures — many without food, water or warm clothing. The National Post reported that in some areas, snow drifts reached as high as five feet.
Larry Gordon, the news director at Blackburn Radio in Sarnia, says the Canadian military used helicopters to reach motorists--some of whom were stuck for more than 24 hours. “They are actually landing at various locations along that usually busy highway," he said," "and taking those people to their first meals in over a day and warm and dry conditions at a number of warming centers that have been set up around the community.”
Environment Canada is forecasting snow squalls through Wednesday for counties near Lake Huron.
The closure of the Blue Water Bridge is forcing trade to be re-routed through Detroit. Many of the trucks that normally cross there are being diverted to the Ambassador Bridge, causing heavy traffic on I-75 in Southwest Detroit.
You can see a slideshow of travelers and cars stranded in the snow here.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
By Matthew Schuerman : Editor, WNYC
There's a street closure in lower Manhattan as emergency personnel clears the site of this morning's three-alarm building collapse.
A five-story building at 69 Reade Street has suffered a partial collapse of the front of the building. A car was ...