Mass Transit Update; Statement of MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota

MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota emphasizes the historic nature of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

As of last night, seven subway tunnels under the East River flooded. Metro-North Railroad lost power from 59th Street to Croton-Harmon on the Hudson Line and to New Haven on the New Haven Line. The Long Island Rail Road evacuated its West Side Yards and suffered flooding in one East River tunnel. The Hugh L. Carey Tunnel is flooded from end to end and the Queens Midtown Tunnel also took on water and was closed. Six bus garages were disabled by high water. 

Curbed has some great photos of the devastation in and around New York City.

As of this writing, limited bus service is supposed to be resuming now. Chairman Lhota has no timetable for the resumption of subway service.


  1. Um says

    Your link is to a story about bus service resuming on the Maryland Transit Authority, not the NY MTA.

  2. Paul R says

    The NYC subway would flood every day if it didn’t have an elaborate water removal system. I can’t believe they couldn’t drain it more effectively given that they do it every other day of the year. Yes I know that it was a torrential storm. Still.

  3. Phil says

    “some great photos of the devastation…”

    Glad it’s so entertaining for you. You must enjoy the luxury of high elevation.

  4. BETTY says

    PAUL R are you serious? Nothing could keep up with that amount of water, that fast. Nothing. Especialy the number of tunnels that converge down there taking in all that water at the same time. Give your head a shake.