MTA Reports Up to $100 Million in Eda Precipitation Damage
The MTA estimated it incurred $75-100 million in flood damage across subways and commuter rails during the course of the year. Record-breaking rain from Tropical Storm Ida earlier this month. The agency is seeking relief funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“The subway system is not a submarine, and it cannot be made impervious to water,” MTA interim Chairman and CEO Janu Lieber said at Wednesday’s board meeting. “We just need to limit how quickly you can get into the system, and help the city figure out how to do more street-level drainage.”
Lieber announced that the MTA will work with the city to identify which stations are most vulnerable to flooding and figure out how to make them more resilient — whether it’s to clean drains, plug holes or build higher barriers to prevent water from draining into the stations.
It took five days to restore service on the North subway line in Hudson, due to drifts and mudslides along its lines. And the Public Transport Authority said, Thursday, that its crews restored the cliffs that were washed away in a number of stations and “erected more than 600 cubic yards of heavy stone to stabilize the areas surrounding the tracks for safe operation.”
Lieber also said he plans to add adjustments to the shipping authority’s existing $51.5 billion capital plan to include new flood-resistance measures, although he acknowledged it could take up to a year before they are approved.
After Ida, the MTA pumped 75 million gallons of water from the subway. MTA officials said it had enough pumps to remove water and run most trains near their usual schedule again hours after the storm.
Unlike Sandy, who flooded the system with corrosive salt water, rainwater caused slightly less damage to the system. after, after Almost all subway services suspendedIt took what the MTA described as a “hard effort” to get the trains running again.
Governor Cathy Hochhol vow to look The MTA’s response to the storm and how it can be better prepared.
MTA leadership said this week at a city council hearing and an MTA board meeting that closing stations for flood events would not be productive and would result in passengers being stranded because it is difficult to predict which stations will be most affected. They pointed out that the city’s sewage system could not handle the historical amount of rain that fell in such a short period, and the water had to go somewhere, which is imperative, in the subway system.