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Extreme weather tough on transportation system

By The Associated Press

This article was published November 22, 2012 at 4:35 p.m.


In this Nov. 6, 2012 file photo, patrons are directed away from the Long Island Railroad which is being closed off at New York City’s Penn Station as service is suspended due to a second major storm in two weeks bearing down on the region. New York transit officials on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 marked a milestone in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy by restoring limited service to the last of 10 branches of the Long Island Rail Road commuter line and declaring that nearly all New York City subway service was now operational. They also conceded work still needs to be done to alleviate overcrowding and slower than normal commutes since the Oct. 29 storm.

— Wild weather is taking a toll on roads, airports, railways and transit systems across the country.

That’s leaving states and cities searching for ways to brace for more catastrophes like Superstorm Sandy that are straining the nation’s transportation lifelines beyond what their builders imagined.

Despite their concerns about intense rain, historic floods and record heat waves, some transportation planners find it too politically sensitive to say aloud a source of their weather worries: climate change.

In the latest and most severe example, Sandy inflicted the worst damage to the New York subway system in its 108-year history, halted Amtrak and commuter train service to the city for days and forced cancellation of thousands of airline flights at airports in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia.

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RonalFos says... November 22, 2012 at 7:31 p.m.

The subject of Climate Change is political only because the Republican party and their oil and coal backers have made it that way! Our lack of effort in trying to deal with this disaster in the making will forever be pinned on the Republican Party - one more big nail in it's coffin.

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dinky1 says... November 23, 2012 at 5:32 a.m.

You're way off base. Mother Nature is the blame. With both Katrina and Sandy, the powers that be, in both instances, were not prepared. Our weather systems are going to get worse, because, we, as the world are making it this way. We all need to help alleviate this.

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RonalFos says... November 23, 2012 at 7:49 a.m.

You are saying Mother Nature is to blame for the subject of Climate Change being political?

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