A Decade After 9/11 -; First Responders
Ten years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the MTA reflects on a decade that began with rescue and heroism, and finished with rebuilding and growth. As the attacks unfolded and immediately afterward, more than 1,000 MTA employees worked at Ground Zero.
On 9/11, MTA employees shed their formal roles as bus operators, trains operators or track workers and joined police officers and fire fighters as first responders and heroes. MTA employees saved thousands of lives, moving people out of harm's way and guiding them to safety, often in thick clouds of dust. In the immediate aftermath of the attacks, more than 1,000 MTA employees worked at Ground Zero, cutting steel, removing debris, and searching for survivors alongside other emergency responders. With a blocks-long convoy of vehicles, MTA employees brought men and women, equipment, and machines to the scene, while hundreds went down into the tunnels to begin pumping out water and inspecting for damage. And others cleared out almost 300 abandoned vehicles from the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, which then became the "Gateway to Ground Zero," paving the way for hundreds of police and emergency vehicles racing toward the scene.