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And Now, A Storm of Criticism
August 9th, 2007

After being battered by the rain, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority now has to endure a battering by editorial writers.

While worried about frequent flooding in the subways, the Times – in a piece that compares New Yorkers to ants scurrying about the city as if it were an ant hill – was mostly perturbed with the authority’s inability to let straphangers know whats going on. They point out inaudible announcements in the trains and the crashing of the MTA’s website as examples.

The Daily News laments that “New York now goes to hell when the heavens open.” They’re hopping mad that the authority has continually failed to do something about repeated subway flooding.

The Sun harks back to their first editorial, declaring the government can’t run the subways, so they should be sold off to the highest bidder.

Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum and Council Transportation Committee Chairman John Liu second all of that… except the selling of the subway bit.

And FarkleBarkle likes the way the mayor uses the term “sewerage” to describe the sewage overflow forced to spill into the rivers from the torrents of rain.

By on August 9, 2007, 9:29 am
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