left right politics showbiz tech invest good life gossip fun hot
Mother Jones Hot Air Huffpo Variety Engadget Seeking Alpha Lifehacker TheSuperficial Daily Beast reddit
Daily Kos Michelle Malkin Politico Billboard Boing Boing TheBigPicture Luxist TMZ.com Fark BuzzFeed
ThinkProgress RightWingNews First Read CNN Showbiz Gizmodo FT Alphaville Joystiq Perez Hilton 4chan memorandum
Crooks+Liars Power Line CNN ticker E! Online Techcrunch Josh Brown Kotaku gamer Bastardly Post Secret Techmeme
TalkngPtsMemo Ameri..Thinker Swampland TV Guide Ars Technica 24/7 Wall St. TreeHugger Egotastic hascheezburgr Drudge
The Raw Story NewsBusters The Caucus Ent. News Mashable bloggingstocks Consumerist PinkIsTheNew dooce digg
Wonkette Wizbang fishbowlDC HlywdWiretap Google blog DealBook lifehack.org CelebrityBaby Someth'nAwful trends
Atrios Taki Magazine WashWhisprs DeadlnHllywd Read/Write Jeff Matthews 43folders GoFugYourself Neatorama PSFK
Firedoglake Big Hollywood The Fix MSN Ent. OReilly Radar PhilsStockWorld Autoblog Page Six Cool Hunter BBC
Young Turks IMAO Capital Gains Rot'nTomatoes GigaOM Daily Rec'ng Deadspin BestWeekEver stereogum Timespop
Americablog AceOfSpades Open Secrets Cinematical ProBlogger Zero Hedge DownloadSqd Dlisted CuteOverload media eye
Politicususa Redstate WikiLeaks law Cool Tools Bespoke MediaZone PopSugar Dilbert blog TVNewser
CounterPunch Jawa Report econ law.alltop Scobleizer BtwTheHedges Deviant ArtHollyw'dTuna gapingvoid BuzzMachine
TalkLeft Patterico EconLog Volokh Consp. Apple Blog Minyanville Gothamist x17online DailyGrail MediaGazer
Feministing Townhall.com Freakonomics Legal Insurrec.. Valleywag Fast Money Curbed DailyBlabber Prof. Hex Steve Rubel
PolitAnimal OutsideBeltwy CrookedTimbr Conglomerate mozillaZine RealClearMkts FabSugar Gawker OvrheardinNY MediaBlgNRO
Truthdig Moonbattery MarginalRevo SportsLawBlog Smashing W$J Mktbeat Gridskipper Radar Last.fm Threat Level
Alternet RealClearPoli crime W$J Law BlogTechdirt AbnormalRtrns Material Defamer kottke.org Seth's blog
Media Matters Instapundit CrimeblogsBalkinizationMAKE RandomRoger Sartorialist Jossip PumpkinChuckin mediamatters
The Nation Hugh Hewitt All Crime Credit Slips SrchEngLand Stock Advisors Drink'nMadeEasy Just Jared Maps Mania Newshounds
Maddow Blog PJ Media Smoking Gun FindLaw VentureBeat Slope of Hope Mark Cuban Celebitchy CollegeHumor FAIR

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Homeless Vagrant Cripples New York City Transit System

A homeless person pushed a shopping cart full of wood and other junk into the New York City A and C subway tunnel near the Chambers Street Station in Lower Manhattan on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005. He started a fire to stay warm. Some subway wires caught fire and the flames spread into a critical switching room, the size of a small studio apartment, at the Chambers St. station. The fire disrupted service on two of the city's busiest lines for nearly 600,000 weekday commuters (about the population of Washington, D.C.) and caused millions of dollars worth of damage.

NYC Transit President Lawrence Reuter initially said: "This is a very significant problem, and it's going to go on for awhile." He stated that repairs could drag on for three to five years.

The NYC transit system is very fragile and relies on equipment installed in the 1930's and even earlier. They have also spent millions of dollars upgrading their security in the wake of 9-11, but it left many people wondering...

"If one homeless person can set a fire and disrupt the whole system ... what can one determined terrorist do?" Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Queens) asked at a budget hearing in Albany. "It's a very scary thought."

The Daily News reported today on the New York MTA changing their estimate on subway downtime from five years to six to nine months:
After fire destroyed a crucial signal relay room at the Chambers St. station Sunday, the subway agency suspended C trains, reduced A runs - and said it would be three to five years before full service on the Eighth Ave. line would be restored.

That sparked criticism from incredulous politicians and straphangers who wondered why it would take five times longer to rebuild one room of equipment than it took to construct the entire IND line.

By yesterday afternoon, transit bigs were backpedaling, and Reuter later unveiled plans to start building a rudimentary signal system immediately - meaning there's light at the end of the tunnel for the nearly 600,000 riders who used the A and C daily.

"The good news for our customers is we think right now, in six to nine months ... we will get 100% of the A and C service back," Reuter said.

Sample of one of many MTA Service Advisories:
There is no A service at High St, Bdwy-Nassau St, Chambers, Canal and Spring Sts.
For High St, use the York St station instead.
For service to Bdwy-Nassau St from Brooklyn, take the A to Delancey St and transfer to the J to Chambers where 4 service is available.
For service to Bdwy-Nassau St from uptown, transfer to the E at West 4 St. Take the E to World Trade Center and transfer to the 2 to Fulton St where 4 service is available.
For Brooklyn-bound service from Bdwy-Nassau St, take an uptown 4 to Brooklyn
Bridge and transfer to the J. Take the J to Essex St where A service is available at the F platform.
For uptown service from Bdwy-Nassau St, take the 2 to Park Place and transfer to the E.
For Chambers, Spring, and Canal Sts, take the E instead.

C line is kayoed by fire [New York Daily News, Jan. 25, 2005]
Blaze guts New York subway line [BBC, Jan 25, 2005]
As Impact of Subway Fire Sinks In, Riders' Frustration Rises [NY Times, Jan. 25, 2005]
A & C plan B is a 'rush' job [NY Daily News, Jan. 26, 2005]
Subway back on track in 6 months, not 5 years [NY Daily News, Jan. 26, 2005]
It was far too easy to cripple the subway [Newsday, Jan. 26, 2005]
Slowdown for NYC rail riders [Boston.com, Jan. 26, 2005]
Confusion on the Lines Adds to a Maddening Commute [NY Times, Jan. 26, 2005]
Tramp's subway fire causes chaos in New York [telegraph.co.uk, Jan. 26, 2005]

Calculated Risk

MishTalk - Mike Shedlock

Paul Krugman - NY Times

The Big Picture - Barry Ritholtz

naked capitalism - Yves Smith

Pragmatic Capitalism

Washington's Blog

Safe Haven

Paper Economy

The Daily Reckoning - Australia