After natural disasters, the repair process deserves a hashtag

A recent update from one of the busiest seaports in the world caught the eye of Electrical Apparatus writers. It wasn’t the most directly related item, but it shed a widespread light on just how extensive the repair process can be.

More than six years following Superstorm Sandy, transit users and transit agencies are still repairing the extensive damage. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) announced Thursday it will close the PATH World Trade Center Station on weekends during the next two years (except major holiday weekends) in order to replace equipment and rebuild tunnels damage in the October 2012 storm. Not only does this sharpen the picture on repairs, but also natural disasters, which seem more consistent now than ever.

PANYNJ explains that Superstorm Sandy caused massive flooding that decimated vital PATH signal and switch systems and at the World Trade Center site, corrosive salt water ruined much of the underground electrical and mechanical systems. To keep the system running, PATH initiated weekend closures and service adjustments in 2014.

The repairs being performed during the next two years include replacing PATH’s tracks, third rail, electrical and signal and communications infrastructure. The project will begin Jan. 5 and is expected to end in December 2020. So, we’re essentially looking at one of the largest, most centrally located stations in the world being affected for an eight year period, minimum.

Repair technicians deserve a ton of respect when you consider this perspective. In the Twitter age, we propose a hashtag. #RepairLife, #RespectRepair, and others have a nice ring to them. Give us your thoughts!

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