Another example of the fragility of sprawl (maybe)
After last week's snowstorm, New York City rebounded smartly: the streets are plowed, the subways are running. By contrast, the school where I teach (40 miles out in Suffollk County) is closed. Why? Because the students mostly live in suburbs near the school, and many of them are snowed in because the county can't plow the roads fast enough. Cars and blizzards simply do not mix, and evidently it is easier to repair a few train lines than it is to plow thousands of miles of roadways.
To be fair, Long Island did have appreciably more snow than New York City. However, the Long Island Rail Road is mostly up and running- evidence that, at least after a snowstorm, it is easier to fix transit than roads.
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