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Superstorm Sandy: Fix&Fortify Efforts Continue

Current Efforts

In the Subway

2016: Recovery & Resiliency Continues

From the Chairman

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has gone through profound change since Superstorm Sandy three years ago.  Hundreds of millions of dollars of infrastructure repairs and improvements have been planned, contracted for, or completed.  The entire system is evolving to meet the challenges that extreme weather events will present to us in the future.

The subways of NYC Transit, commuter rail lines of Metro-North Railroad and the Long Island Rail Road and the inter-borough vehicular tunnels operated by Bridges & Tunnels all absorbed major damage on October 29, 2012.  We averted even more serious harm because we ceased operations prior to the storm's arrival and moved subway and commuter rails cars, as well as buses to safe storage locations.  Where we could, we also moved critical right-of-way components out of harm's way.  Despite all those efforts, the storm left behind flooded tunnels and maintenance facilities, washed out roadbeds, corroded electrical systems and twisted rails.

It was through the dedication and hard work of MTA employees, the efficiency of our contractors and the funding assistance of FEMA and New York State that we were able to begin fixing an historic level of damage and fortifying the MTA system against future storms.  None of us had ever seen anything like Sandy, but even before the winds completely died, we were rolling up our sleeves and beginning the tough job of restoring service to the millions who depend on us each day. 

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