Report Criticizes NY Subway Emergency Management

The New York Times has obtained a copy of a report from New York City Transit’s inspector general, which faults the agency for inadequate measures to mitigate risk.

In an article on www.nytimes.com, Michael M. Grynbaum says that since the 1990s, city officials have raised concerns over subway management’s lack of attention to emergency response. And after March 2009, when the transit agency did away with its highly lauded emergency response team, the report says New York’s subway system failed to prepare staff to handle a new emergency plan.

“Since March, the transit agency has relied on a rotating cast of veteran managers to coordinate any emergency response,” Grynbaum writes, comparing them to doctors on call at a hospital. He says the transit agency has since clarified procedures.

To read the New York Times article, please click here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/02/nyregion/02safety.html?_r=1