Sunday, January 9, 2011
Buses continued to roll because of MTA incompetence
From Fox 5:
MTA sources say one reason the buses kept rolling was that they only issued a Blue Alert on December 26, 2010, as the storm was beginning.
The MTA's own guidelines say a blue alert can be put in place when accumulations have begun, and forecast for continued precipitation has been issued by the weather reporting services...the buses can roll, but they keep track of where they are.
Sources say the last snowstorm clearly fell under red alert status, which they say was never declared. That can be activated when an extremely severe snowstorm is in progress, and the president or senior vice president orders the alert level to be raised from blue to red.
If that had happened, say the sources, buses would have been kept off the roads until they were ready, or at the least had chains put on their tires in preparation. That forced riders to play a guessing game about whether a bus would be there.
These sources also say older MTA buses can only handle a maximum of about 2 inches of snow on the road and the newer, electric buses cannot function in snow at all because of smaller tires and the fact that they have only 1 gear, and not enough power to pull out when they're stuck.
The MTA said it would not comment until its own investigation was complete.