March 02, 2004

We're Doomed

James Wagner's Disastrous Subway Adventure

Can someone explain to us why it took so long to rescue hundreds of people sealed in subway cars on account of a mischief somewhat-less-than-extraordinary, and one so easily predictable by anyone charged with emergency planning in a system so extraordinarily vulnerable to such mischief?

So the next question is obvious. Are we all expected to have any confidence in the city's vaunted security apparatus when it is measured against the threat of real terrorists? These days we can barely walk around our own streets without being assaulted by "security" devices and routines obstensively laid out for our protection and we can no longer readily exercise our freedoms of assembly and speech, yet we are clearly not even prepared for even the ordinary, pre-war-on-terror kind of threat. Real saboteurs won't give us two hours, or even 70 minutes.

Imagine my mindset this morning when a normal 30/35 minute door-to-door commute turned into a 90+ minute daytime nightmare. I guess I should count my blessings. The "L" train I was riding on was stuck between the Bedford Avenue and 1st Avenue stations for only forty minutes. After we got power from another train and finally made it to 1st Avenue, a passenger became sick and I just walked the rest of the way to work. I still don't understand how a true emergency can be handled by NYC personnel when such simple, non life-threatening situations can render an entire line useless for tens of thousands of people.

And to think I haven't thought about leaving NYC in a while. Shit like this gives me second thoughts.

Wagner has several pics of the incident. Just reminds me that I need to get another digicam soon.

Posted by ronn at March 2, 2004 09:18 PM

I'm willing to bet DC isn't any better prepared. It makes me think about my 30 minutes commute via the Metro. Maybe it'd be better to take the bus. Posted by: Terrance on March 2, 2004 11:20 PM
Stop cryin' yo!! I still can't get use to (virtually) no sidewalks up here in Rockland!!! Trade ya my 2 hr commute for ya 30-35 train ride?? :P Peace2U Posted by: RL on March 4, 2004 04:14 AM
Ray: Y'all need to move to the city!! All that green grass, fresh air and quiet gonna kill y'all! LOL The North Bronx has some great neighborhoods and it's only 15-25 minutes from Manhattan, and maybe another 15 minutes to Brooklyn. *hint* Posted by: ronn on March 4, 2004 07:41 PM
Terrance: I'm willing to bet that DC is better prepared than NYC. What with all those Senators and Congresspersons. At least I hope so. Posted by: ronn on March 4, 2004 07:43 PM