Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Trains

When will the trains be running again? That is one of the big questions in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. It matters because it affects so many workers — millions of people who, at this point, don’t quite know how to get to work.

Getting the trains to run was once an important political symbol. If the trains run reliably, many other things follow, related to commerce and work. In New York City this morning it is estimated that 46 miles of subway train tracks are underwater, and there are problems with other tunnels too. The prospect of a major city where the trains aren’t running and people can’t get to work will lead to some extraordinary adjustments over the coming weeks. These will, I am sure, include some changes in the political conversation.