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Subway delays are up 23 percent this year

Will Gleason

At a hearing yesterday, MTA officials laid out some pretty stark new details regarding the increase in delays on the city’s subway system. This April, subway riders during the week endured 48,984 delays, up 15.3% from last year. Weekend riders fared even worse, with 11,128 delays, up a staggering 33% from that time last year. Trains aren’t just getting delayed during rush hour any more.

Over the last 12 months, delays have risen 23% during weekdays and 30% on weekends. The increase in train delays is caused by a number of factors, but primarily overcrowding and train work.

It’s not all doom and gloom, the MTA attributes some of the increased in delays to a new strategy meant to cut down on wait times and reduce overcrowding overall. Under the current strategy, some trains are purposefully held in a station in order to keep trains spaced evenly and reduce packed trains across the system.

The MTA is currently trying to address some of these issues and make necessary improvements through a $32 billion, five-year capital plan, $14 billion of which remains unfunded at a state level.

h/t Daily News

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