Riders Alliance Executive Director Calls Cuomo to Action in Light of Increasingly Worse Train Delays, Reported by New York Daily News

Posted on January 10, 2018

Broken Manhattan Bridge rail upends rush-hour subway commutes

Originally Posted by New York Daily News on January 9, 2018
Written by Dan Rivoli

“Broken rail on the Manhattan bridge so no express trains, local train now stuck motionless waiting for emergency services due to a sick passenger. I am soooo late,” a commuter named Julie wrote on her Twitter account. “JUST ANOTHER NORMAL MORNING COMMUTE.” A broken rail on the Manhattan Bridge around 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday (01/09/18) caused heavy delays and reroutes. The entire local B line lost service and the Q and D lines had to be rerouted. The disruptions caused delays on the D, F, Q and R lines. At about 7 a.m., southbound No. 4 and 5 trains had to run local because of ice on the express tracks at the Bergen St. station in Brooklyn. That backed up service on the Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 5 lines. Those lines were also delayed in Manhattan because of a sick rider at Central Park North 110th St. Meanwhile, a train suffered mechanical problems at Canal St. and messed up the ride on the A, C and E lines. The problems kept hitting riders into the afternoon. Riders Alliance executive director John Raskin said that Gov. Cuomo, who runs the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and its subway, has failed to deliver a concrete plan to prevent the kind of rush hour meltdown that riders faced today. “New Yorkers with vivid memories of the Summer of Hell are gearing up for a Winter of Heartache on the subway,” Raskin said. “Gov. Cuomo promised a plan by the end of last year for how to modernize the crumbling transit system, but we still haven’t seen anything concrete, and solving the transit crisis is only growing more urgent.” MTA spokesman Jon Weinstein later said in a statement that the agency regrets the disruptions. “We faced a number of challenges this morning and our crews were deployed in force to make repairs and keep the trains moving and we deeply regret any inconvenience to our riders,” Weinstein said. “We are deploying thousands of workers to modernize and stabilize the system with the implementation of our aggressive Subway Action Plan, which since taking effect in July, has cut major incidents by nearly 40 percent.”

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