Worst commute?!

Yesterday’s downpour left New York’s subway tunnels flooded and many commuters stranded. Many commuters walked across the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan, and taxis and buses were overwhelmed by the rush of extra travelers.

I was lucky. The rains were worst after 7am, and by that point, I was well on my way, so by the time trains were diverted and tunnels were closed, I was already at work. The post-work commute was a little longer than usual, but it was fine.

However, I think Gene Russianoff needs a reality check. Speaking in today’s New York Times, he calls yesterday …

the worst commute since Aug. 26, 1999, when another unexpected deluge caused a systemwide crisis

Uh, no, Gene. I can’t see how this commute was any worse THAN THE FREAKIN’ BLACKOUT.

Russianoff, who advocates for subway riders as staff lawyer for the Straphangers Campaign, is usually sharper than this. Maybe the Times misquoted him.

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