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Old 12-23-2011, 09:03 PM
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As a new conductor, every time I go through the Chambers street station, I think about how much work it took to bring it back, and you can still see traces of what it must have looked like in the aftermath of the attacks. It made me wonder what it was like to be in the subways that day or be working in the system, or riding in the system that day, and I would be very curious to hear from anyone who was in there in some form (rider, worker, control) from that day.
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Old 12-24-2011, 12:48 AM
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I got hired by the MTA as a train operator in 2007 so I wasn't on the job on 9/11. But back in 2001 I worked in Manhattan and I used to drive to work. In the aftermath of everything , for a few days and weeks driving from Brooklyn into Manhattan was a near impossibility with the traffic. So for a few weeks I went back to riding the subway as a passenger , never thinking I'd come to work down here one day.

I remember taking the R train back one night within a few days of the attack and going southbound through Cortlandt street station (of course train didn't stop) , just went through , slowly , and I and everyone else could smell the electrical fire still burning , and I remember thinking that if anybody was still alive in the pile that it was doubtful they could survive beyond that very night since it had been a few days. The train car was real quiet and it was very eerie.

As a public employee and a lifelong NY'er , I'd like to extend my thanks to any MTA workers on duty that day , FDNY , NYPD , EMS , military veterans , and civilians that were down there that day or helped in the aftermath.
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