A boat on the train tracks, and other transportation effects from Sandy
New York’s subways are closed indefinitely (probably for at least the rest of the week) due to flooding, but that one photo you may have seen of the 86th street station underwater is a fake. Still, the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Flickr feed shows some other fairly startling destruction from the storm.
Most surreal by far is this boat, which has apparently given up on water and wants to live its dream of being a train:
The boat is parked on the Metro North track near Ossining, N.Y.
Of course, in some places it’s practically possible to drive a boat along the train tracks:
And it’s very lucky that the city closed the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel at 2 p.m.:
And, just for good measure, here’s that photo from the Hoboken PATH station again, because holy shit:
Now that floodwater is receding, it’s clear how much cleanup awaits the MTA.
For stranded travelers, though, the main question is: “When will I be able to use public transit again?” Transportation Nation has a handy transit tracker that will keep you updated on the status of New York and New Jersey subways, commuter rail, ferries, buses, airports, and so forth.
As of right now, taxis are operating, picking up multiple people per trip, and New York buses will be back at 5 p.m. For the rest, keep an eye on the tracker — or, if you’re in a serious hurry, get out to Ossining and board that boat.