NYC Metro Transit Authority predicts lengthy recovery
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is still expecting a lengthy and protracted recovery from Hurricane Irene, transit officials said. Many parts of the system have yet to be inspected by repair workers who are waiting out the final hours of Hurricane Irene.
It remains unlikely that the city's mass transit system will be back to full-speed for the Monday morning commute, officials said, although they said the damage might have been far worse if the agency had not taken the highly unusual action of preemptively shutting down the entire system.
Many of the low-lying train yards and bus depots expected to be affected by the storm are now underwater, officials said, including subway yards in Coney Island and Upper Manhattan. Subways and buses were removed from those yards on Saturday and stored elsewhere so they would not be damaged by water.
"The actions that we took were the right ones," said Jeremy Soffin, a spokesman for the authority. Had the trains and buses not been removed, "you'd have an enormous problem," he added.
The agency is waiting for high winds to die down before sending workers onto the subway system's elevated tracks to look for damage. And the 13 underwater subway tunnels, where officials expected some degree of flooding, have not been examined yet either, officials said.New York Times