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MTA Leaves Subway Riders 6 Hours In Limbo Amid NYC Flash Flood Warning, Brass Fails

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SDNY COURT / Bronx, Sept 2 –    When heavy rain and a flash flood warning hit New York City on September 1, the Metropolitan Transit Authority issued an e-mail warning:

"We strongly recommend you avoid traveling at this time, if you can. If you're on a train that's stuck, stay on that train; the safest place to be is on the train unless you hear otherwise from the conductor."  

 But by then there were many New Yorkers who needed to get home from work. They expected delays, but at least to be kept informed. They were mis-served by the MTA.

  An Inner City Press reporter boarded a Bronx-bound 4 train at Foley Square / City Hall, and waited. Then waited some more. The conductors was in the front car, but made no announcement. Tweeted thread here.

The car was full of working people, some of whom as an hour turned to two began to try to get some sleep for the next day's work. With no bathrooms, some relieved themselves between cars.   Still, nothing.

No announcement of shuttle busses, or if the Citibike system had been shut-off (as was done during the COVID curfew) - nothing.  

It was past 6 am when an announcement was broadcast, Subway service is limited or suspended. But by then, for some, it was time to go back to work. And where were the MTA brass? Watch this site.


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