In the wake of the damage wrought to the New York and New Jersey subway systems by hurricane/superstorm Sandy in 2012, a new engineering report has surfaced recommending a extensive maintenance that will take individual tunnel tubes out of service for extended periods of time.
That kind of report, really, is not good.
While it’s important to realize that the damage from hurricane Sandy hasn’t put subway passengers at immediate risk- in fact, the report goes to great pains to point out that “the there is no evidence that the tunnel linings are unsound.” There is evidence, however, that chlorides and sulfates are leeching through. These -ides and -ates have already caused significant damage to key tunnel components like bench walls and train tracks. Damage that makes those “extended” shut downs a real thing that needs to happen.
“Public awareness of the critical needs of the tunnels is important to build regional understanding of what must be done to provide current and future train service levels into New York,” says Mr Tony Coscia, Amtrak chairman. “The Northeast region needs to make the Gateway Program a priority and we must get about the business of moving it forward as fast as we can.”
What does all that mean for you, dear reader, in your quest to survive and thrive after the SHTF in a big way? It means that, even if you’ve got access to the NYC subway system, you should probably do your best to avoid them. If you’re in the UK, though, you should be just fine (those things got bombed and are still like, totally OK).