Often a safer bet than cars in inclement weather, even trains can come to a grinding halt due to the snow. An excavator clears the tracks of snow after two trains got stuck in Balkakra, Sweden, on Dec. 28, 2010.
An investigation is underway to determine what caused a New Haven-bound train to collide with a New York City-bound train in Connecticut on Friday night. Dozens were hospitalized following the crash on what is the busiest rail line in America, serving 125,000 commuters daily.
A far cry from the noble European hunts of yore, rat hunting as a sport for dogs is becoming a 'thing' in New York. Members of the Ryders Alley Trencher-fed Society – RATS – meet at night and sic their dog companions on vermin scurrying about in the night.
Public transport commuting rose to its highest level since 2008, despite a drop in the late fall as a result of Superstorm Sandy. Rising fuel prices and a dislike of traffic contributed to the increase in public transport ridership.
All along the Northeast Corridor the Blizzard of 2013 is making travel difficult, if not impossible. Trains and flights are being cancelled, subways ceasing operations, and motorists ordered off the roads.
Since 1978 the state of New York has been required to plan for a superstorm-like disaster. But detailed warnings went unheeded, and much of the planning and recovery from hurricane Sandy was done on the fly.