May 17, 2013
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MTA tests inflatable ‘plug’ it hopes can shield NYC subway from weather disasters
After the unprecedented damage to New York City’s transit system brought on by Hurricane Sandy, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has been looking into near-term solutions that could shield subway tunnels from flood waters come next storm season. It tested one of those safeguards yesterday for the first time by inflating a 30-foot plug (designed by the US Department of Homeland Security) that could effectively seal off New York’s subways in the event of a natural disaster. 

MTA tests inflatable ‘plug’ it hopes can shield NYC subway from weather disasters

After the unprecedented damage to New York City’s transit system brought on by Hurricane Sandy, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has been looking into near-term solutions that could shield subway tunnels from flood waters come next storm season. It tested one of those safeguards yesterday for the first time by inflating a 30-foot plug (designed by the US Department of Homeland Security) that could effectively seal off New York’s subways in the event of a natural disaster. 

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    Woah, cool.
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    Wow, this is quite interesting. I hope their testing deems successful. With the Rockaways about to be up and running...
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    This makes me think of Eva’s (former) use of bakelite to seal NERV’s corridors.
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