“Oh what the…”
Those are usually the first words out of peoples mouths when they walk down the stairs only to find a crowded subway platform. There’s either a track fire, a sick passenger, or some other thing wrong with the subway.
Years and years of taking the subway to school, work, and anywhere in between have built up New Yorkers immunity to poor subway service. There was no other choice short of pulling your hair out from frustration. Taking the subway or waiting for a bus was a crap shoot, but New Yorkers have a reason to rejoice.
The MTA has devised the Email and Text Message Alert System. This new $10,000 per month system is free to use and will send you emails and text messages alerting you to any service disruptions for any subway, bus, or commuter line you’d like. Also included are the Port Authority Bridges and Tunnels.
This is great news for New Yorkers especially among news reports of warnings issued due to terrorist plots. The Associated Press news agency said it had received a leaked memo that al-Qaeda “may have discussed targeting transit systems in and around New York City”.
Security is usually beefed up around the holiday season every year, however with the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai, New Yorkers should be on their toes.
If your interested in signing up for the alerts, here is the link: