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MTA Says It Erred in Disbanding Emergency Team


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By WILLIAM NEUMAN for The New York Times

 

A dedicated emergency response team for the subway — trained to help police officers and firefighters confront transit emergencies — was eliminated this spring by New York City Transit, despite concerns of the agency’s safety experts.

 

The agency’s leaders, including its president, Howard H. Roberts Jr., had deemed the response team unnecessary, even comparing the unit’s officers to Maytag repairmen, suggesting they were seldom used.

 

In an unusual about-face, Mr. Roberts now acknowledges that the agency mishandled how it disbanded the unit, and should have kept it in place until a broader overhaul of subway management was complete.

 

He also said that transit officials had given The New York Times misleading information intended to play down the unit’s effectiveness, adding that officials “were essentially sort of minimizing the situation.”

 

 

Ckick here for the full article. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/12/nyregion/12emergency.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&ref=new_york_city_transit&adxnnlx=1277330330-zji/1R9mVZNo3xotSUoytQ

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Thing is though, knowing the D-bag at the Daily News, had this team not been done away with a story would have been run about a crew of TA workers who all they do is sit around all day waiting for something to happen.

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