New York City commuters don’t have to dream up this scenario; they live this transit nightmare everyday.
Over the weekend, advocacy group Riders Alliance released a report concluding that every morning in August –– except one glorious Thursday –– was filled with delays, thanks to signal and mechanical problems.
For advocates, this is proof that one year after the MTA implemented its Subway Action Plan, meant to stabilize the system, riders are still reeling from unreliable service. They argue that a short-term fix is not the answer.
Instead, they want Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature to fully fund Andy Byford’s Fast Forward plan, which would modernize the subway’s 19th century infrastructure into the 21st century.
The MTA and governor’s office are attempting to brush off the Riders Alliance report as an oversimplification and a stunt. But even if it’s dramatized, their analysis and demands are reflective of straphangers’ frustration with the MTA.
Rather than ignore riders’ pleas for improved service and a system overhaul, Cuomo and state lawmakers, including those from the outer boroughs, should be heeding the calls for fully funding Fast Forward.
Even if they don’t think congestion pricing is the answer, legislators should think creatively for a solution, not just shoot down any plan.
Cuomo, fresh off his primary election landslide, should be bold and give the voters what they want: a glimmer of hope for a better subway system.
Straphangers can’t hold on much longer. No matter how many times the MTA says service has improved, riders know the truth through their own experiences.
Fund the Fast Forward proposal, and give subway riders a reason to believe they won’t have another month like August 2018.