Monday, December 27, 2010

MTA not going their way

From the Daily News:

Some 500 weary and frustrated straphangers have been stuck on a disabled A train in Queens for six hours after the blizzard sapped power to the third rail.

"This train is completely dead," the conductor announced at one point.

The Manhattan-bound subway, filled with passengers from Kennedy Airport who already had waited hours for flights that were ultimately canceled, came to an abrupt halt between the Aqueduct and Rockaway Blvd. stations. The train has since been moved to Aqueduct station, but the passengers have not been let out despite the desperate need for bathrooms, water and food.

"It wasn't like the storm just snuck up on us," said David Kelley, 25, who tried unsuccessfully to get to his security job at Kennedy before being forced to turn around. "They were aware ... They need to have a backup plan. This isn't a Third World country. This is New York City."

The passengers received some hope with an announcement that a rescue train was on the way -- only to hear a second announcement a short time later: "The rescue train is stuck."

A conductor estimated that 500 passengers are on the train.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

"The rescue train is stuck".

And then the "rescue" trains rescue train gets stuck.

Then the rescues train rescues train rescue train gets stuck. Shall I continue?

Anonymous said...

Whats the mantra we always hear from the City? Ah yes don't bring your cars stay off the road use mass transit.

Dickheads

Anonymous said...

Buses are even worse though, you have buses stuck from last night still waiting for a road truck.

It's a mess out there, haven't seen a plow since early yesterday afternoon. "Do more with less."
is the biggest lie that Bloomberg
has ever said.

ew-3 said...

"They were aware ... They need to have a backup plan. This isn't a Third World country. This is New York City."

Anonymous said...

Is anyone ever prepared for 26.9 inches of snow?

Anonymous said...

Is anyone ever prepared for 26.9 inches of snow?

YES!

Ms. Tsouris said...

Well, they should be....after all, it's after December 1st and it is officially winter, both on the calendar and according to the weather. Bloomberg is a corporate thug WHO DOES NOT GIVE A FLYING CRAP about eastern Queens......he NEVER appeared after a very real tornado hit Bayside and the area. Why send city snow plows when the locals can use their snow blowers and their pick up trucks with snow plows?

Anonymous said...

Anon No. 6:

Like who?

Babs said...

"They were aware ... They need to have a backup plan. This isn't a Third World country. This is New York City."

we have all those bike lanes though . . .

Anonymous said...

What happened to all the jet engins that blow the tracks ?
Not one was in service this morning, not even on the LIRR. Where did all the MTA's $$ go ?

Yep, NYC is now a Third World country !!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Anon No. 6:

Like who?

You..ya moron. You are Anon No, 6!!!! JERKWAD! Ever live in upstate NY? Apparently NOT! Bloomturd has been cutting city services and no one gets it. NYC should have been prepared. Considering the fact that the Bloomturd administration wants to charge for services from the FDNY, soon snow removal will be on the table as well. If you weren't such a moron, you'd see that for yourself!

Detective McNutty said...

The last anonymous is right. Several cities upstate like Albany, Rochester and Buffalo do a much better job of clearing the streets.

All morning I heard on the news about possible fines if people didn't clear the sidewalks, yet the side streets around Astoria haven't seen a plow since the storm began.

Anonymous said...

I would have hated to be on that train. where did everyone pee?

couldn't they have opened the doors and led the passengers to the nearest station?

Mike Quill is rolling over in his grave. this is what happens when you destroy unions. there is no concern for the MTA workers or the customers.

not that I'm paranoid... but this is too much a bit much. was it done on purpose?

Anonymous said...

Is anyone ever prepared for 26.9 inches of snow?

What 26.9" are you talking about? Are you livingin the past? The news has been reporting that 26.9" happened in February 2006! Ever try thinking BEFORE you post?

Anonymous said...

Jackass Mayor is on TV blaiming everbody in Queens for getting stuck in the streets (the city didnt plow in the first place).
What a bullshitter

Translation:
F_k Queens taxpayers, All employees and equipment were sent to Manhattan.

Anonymous said...

My streets are not plowed, yet, and it is now 2 o'clock. There is a car parked in the middle of the street, because it has no place to park.

Anonymous said...

There is a car parked in the middle of the street, because it has no place to park.

Genius!

Reject Quinn in 2013 said...

I spent over 11 minutes on hold with 311. Nobody is answering the phone. I was calling to report that my street has not been cleaned. Where are the snow removal trucks ?

Anonymous said...

Once again we see that this supposedly master Mayor is a very poor administrator. Pull back the curtain on this Wizard of Oz. He sucks.

I just saw the press conference. He is concerned about Broadway. Go to a show, he says. Fine if you live on the Upper East Side. If you live in Glendale, and you have a car stuck in the middle of the road, and a downed tree on the next block, and the subways are down, how can you get to a Broadway show? And why should you? Our local businesses are suffering--who cares about Spiderman? This mayor is Manhattancentric; he has blinders for those in the outer boroughs. I am not seeing plows go by like they did in the past. Where are they, Mr Manhattan mayor?? Are they plowing Manhattan's tertiary streets? Fool!

Louis Flores said...

Sanitation workers say budget cuts have negative impact on snow removal. http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2010/12/27/sanitation-workers-say-cuts-take-toll-on-snow-cleanup/

Anonymous said...

Reject Quinn:

If people couldn't get on a train to get anywhere, what makes you think the 311 operators could get there to answer your call?

Babs said...

I remember trucks used to spread sand on the streets PRIOR in ADDITION to plowing - this would have never been this bad with Guiliani.

Anonymous said...

Has your street been plowed yet? of course not, it will be though at around 3:30am and you will be awakened right out of your deep sleep
when the plow bangs the manhole covers.

Joe said...

Just spoke to a worker here is the new deal and the way I understand it.

The MTA and sanitation has different alert levels, green, amber, orange, red etc.
This year a "Blue alert has been added.
With a blue alert any workers that can get into the city (Manhattan shops) will be paid the full day + overtime if they can make it in by the time their shift would have normally ended someplace else.

A blue alert does not apply to Queens and the outer Burroughs.

Anonymous said...

Another words:
Goof off and get paid 7 hours then before the 8th hour take the Port Washington LIRR into Manhattan, punch in and start making overtime cleaning sidewalks for tower people.
Sweet deal for MTA and Dept Sanitation workers and Manhattans tower people

Joe said...

Possible Correction.
Perhaps this new "Code Blue" was only issued for parts of Manhattan.

Because is a stealth "code" between the Mayor and high ranking bosses its hare to find out what it exactly means and what applys. This according to 2 very confused and abandoned Queens MTA bus drivers

Anonymous said...

manhattan boro had a 26.4" snowfall on Dec.26/27,1947. i was twelve years old and we didn't go to school for a week.

i took a photo at, c.p.w./89th street, of a convertible auto filled with snow to the visor. the day before was a very warm day. Mother Nature taught the owner a lesson in winter season.

in 1990's we had a similar snowfall. i think about 26.9".

Anonymous said...

This was not the biggest storm in recent memory - it could appear to be but the mirage was provided by the winds where there was drifts in various corners that was very high. The snow was also soft and easier to shovel or push out into the street. There was much less sanding or salting and that made traveling for amateurs driving difficult.

Christina Wilkinson said...

For the record, the largest snowfall in NYC was 2/12/06 - 26.9" and photos I took the following day show the streets were plowed. In fact, I walked all the way from 69th Street to Juniper Valley Park to take photos.