Gov. Eliot Spitzer has given the Metropolitan Transportation Authority 30 days to produce a plan to patch up the subway system’s vulnerabilities to flooding.
But it’s not the first time we’ve heard this, as the Times‘ Willie Neuman points out:
After a heavy rainstorm crippled the subway system in September 2004, an investigation laid the blame on New York City Transit, saying that the agency had neglected basic maintenance of its drainage system, and that once the tunnels started to fill with water, the response was haphazard and ineffective.
The agency promised major changes.
Among those changes:
[The] authority said it was making numerous changes, including doubling the number of workers assigned to remove debris from the tracks that can cause drains to clog. And it bought at least nine new portable pumps. The agency also said that it would take steps to better organize its response, including centralizing information on where flooding is occurring and communicating better with its work force.
Oh, and plus: Eliot Spitzer, like many of us armchair scientists, somewhat haltingly suggests that what we are really dealing with is global warming …