As Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey batters Houston, the flooded and crippled city brings to mind just a piece of what Superstorm Sandy inflicted on New York City five years ago.
And while the MTA has committed to rebuilding from Sandy, a recent Gizmodo feature demonstrates that they still have a ways to go. While the MTA has repaired and strengthened three of the East River subway tunnels and is working on another four, two are still awaiting repairs. The L train tunnel (between Williamsburg and the East Village) and F train tunnel (Dumbo and Chinatown Manhattan) have not been repaired. Those repairs, along with the year-long shutdown of the L train, won’t begin for another year and a half.
The subway is already crumbling and money is tight even for the improvements necessary for regular operations. If a hurricane hits New York soon, the prognosis would be grim.