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.

Posted October 30, 2012 at 1:00pm ETC by Ari Ezra Waldman
in Julie Bindel