MTA Think An Underground Reservoir Can Help

Last Tuesday, the New York Daily News featured a story on how the MTA is considering building an underground reservoir. The agency is considering the project in hopes it will help deal with severe flooding which is prone to happening & causing delays on all the Queens Boulevard lines. Here is the article courtesy of the New York Daily News:

Stung by catastrophic subway flooding, the MTA Monday said it may build an underground reservoir in Queens to relieve the seemingly never-ending problem.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority may buy land near the flood-prone Parsons Blvd. subway station on the F line to build holding tanks to store water diverted from the tubes.

“To be honest, when it rains, I take the express bus – it’s a mess down here,” said Margaret Bonair, 45, of Cambria Heights. “It’s about time they did something about the water.”

“Whenever it rains, it’s guaranteed I’m late to work,” added Patrick Goin of Queens, who works in Greenwich Village.

The reservoir idea could be a major step to relieve chronic flooding in the low-lying area, which can cause a domino effect throughout the subway system.

Even though the F train runs through the Parsons Blvd. station, delays on that line can affect the E, R and V trains that run along Queens Blvd. as well.

All those lines were severely affected by the disastrous floods that virtually shut down the subway system on Aug. 8.

MTA spokesman Paul Fleuranges said engineers are still examining several different approaches to easing the flood woes citywide.

The idea was revealed on a day when heavy downpours caused scattered morning rush-hour delays across the system.

Hours after the rain stopped, huge puddles of water collected near the entrance to the Parsons Blvd. station. A dozen bus lines converge on the busy station, making it a major transit hub for southeastern Queens.

“If it’s raining, I don’t even take the train,” said Lavern Moore, 40, a teacher who’s been using the station for 10 years. “You’re asking for trouble.”

The water-storage plan is still in its early stages, and the agency must try to negotiate to buy the land from the owners of two car lots that occupy the site.

I think any idea that could possibly fix the entire problem or most of it in regards to flooding should be looked into. I feel bad for riders who depend on the E, F, G, R, & V along Queens Boulevard when it rains. It has come to the point that any sort of significant rain must strike fear in their hearts since their lines are sure to be delayed or shut down in some way. This is one of the big reasons I do not want to live along those lines in Queens although for the most part the areas are decent to live in. I do wonder is part of the problem out of the MTA’s control. If so, shouldn’t the city foot the bill?

xoxo Transit Blogger

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