Ok, first of all, the MTA recently released a report about the August 8th flooding incident. It was 88 pages long. I shit you not.
There are 88 whole pages explaining that water and electric trains don’t mix.
There, in one sentence, I summed up what took the MTA 88 pages to explain.
At the six most flood-prone stations, the MTA and city Department of Transportation will design raised sidewalk gratings and perhaps add a step to entrances to keep water out. [NY Post]
Yes folks, adding a little step outside the subway entrances will actually significantly improve the situation should there be a sneak rain storm again. Sometimes the simplicity of these solutions are so obvious that it makes my head hurt.
I mean seriously, when rain is cascading down the subway stairs like a waterfall, then yeah, a little lip at the top of the stairs sure would help!
The MTA also says it is going to invest in weather prediction systems like Doppler radar so that a storm can’t sneak up when no one is looking any more. They are also going to work on alerting the media sooner when there is a major problem. Oh, and making sure mta.info is up even on emergency days will be important too.