The MTA’s Debris-Catching Nets Are Now Scary “Pendulous Sacks” Bulging With Snow


The snow has lastly let up, however some New Yorkers are actually apprehensive a few new risk from above, because of the MTA’s $325 million effort to fortify its elevated subway traces with protecting netting.

These nylon nets, put in final yr to catch observe particles following a number of near-miss incidents, have confirmed surprisingly efficient at trapping the piles of snow dumped on NYC this week. The heavy accumulation is now weighing down a number of miles of netting, creating alarming aerial snow dunes which are blocking site visitors and dangling perilously over the heads of passing pedestrians.

Underneath the 1 practice within the Kingsbridge part of the Bronx, the trapped snow has contributed to “huge pendulous sacks, hanging so low in some locations, you may attain up and contact them,” in accordance with native resident Fiona Brady.

“Their weight is bending and utterly obscuring some units of site visitors lights, and nets are catching on and being torn open by passing vehicles and busses,” Brady, a 60-year-old freelance editor, added. “It is actually fairly solidly packed.”

MTA spokesperson Tim Minton acknowledged the state of affairs, and stated the company was coping with related snow-filled nets in Manhattan and Queens. Minton additionally insisted the nets weren’t a risk to pedestrians since they weren’t above sidewalks — regardless of pictures that clearly confirmed New Yorkers ready for the bus beneath the sagging snow blobs.

Snow-filled nets under the 1 train, near the 231st Street station in the Bronx


Snow-filled nets underneath the 1 practice, close to the 231st Road station within the Bronx

Fiona Brady

“Preemptive Inspections by NYC Transit through the storm recognized nets in six areas under elevated tracks filling with snow and streets under have been closed off to reduce danger,” Minton stated in an emailed assertion. “Snow has since been taken out from three of the areas and all are anticipated to be cleared by Thursday.”

The clearing course of seems to depend on transit workers placing on the nets with shovels, “releasing the trapped snow instantly in entrance of, and onto themselves,” in accordance with Brady. “It was sort of a tragic state of affairs,” she added.

Others famous a sure irony in the truth that the MTA’s plan to cease one drawback — plummeting items of elevated observe infrastructure — had seemingly created a completely new sort of falling hazard.

“The MTA could be very reactionary,” stated Trammell Thompson, a subway conductor and union activist. “They wanted a fast answer. They didn’t take note of the nets catching snow.”

“They’ve to repair this earlier than it turns into ice and are available crashing down,” he added.

Minton, the MTA spokesperson, declined to say which roads have been closed because of the snow nets, noting that it was altering “hour by hour.” No accidents or property injury has been reported to this point.

Should you come throughout any drooping snow nets, ship a pictures to, then get out of the best way.