27 October 2006
Free newspapers caused New York subway flooding
Brian Micklethwait

Via Kristine Lowe (again) this:

Free newspapers distributed to subway commuters are a major cause of subway track flooding, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority investigative task force has found.

Leftover stacks of papers such as AM New York and Metro that blew onto the tracks and clogged drains were partially responsible for the crippling subway flood of September 8, 2004, which affected 15 subway lines, according to the task force’s findings.

Will the London Underground be next?


  1. This is not an issue in Buenos Aires, we have at the end of the line, an army of desperate not formally employed people who gather the “already read” papers for recycling.

    Posted by aci on  20 November 2006 at 10:20 pm

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