Are the Subways Safe?
The city is under high terror alert. The MTA is without a counter-terrorism director. Subway workers say supervisors have instructed them to run and leave passengers behind in the event of an attack. Who is protecting you on the trains? “There’s a very real and very serious concern about what actually is being done to, No. 1, safeguard the system against attacks, and No. 2, in the event of an attack, whether there’s any capability to deal with such an attack and get people to safety,” City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) said Wednesday. Liu, who chairs the city council’s transportation committee, said officials at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority “have repeatedly refused to answer questions” about the security enhancements they have alluded to during council hearings. Police sources say the Police Department is as prepared as it has ever been, with scores of extra officers — in uniform and in plainclothes — stationed in the subway system. A National Guard contingent that has been stationed in lower Manhattan for several months also can be dispatched if specific intelligence about an attack is learned, sources said. Full Story