Will the MTA’s Subway Rescue Plan Work?

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    After a handful of spooky incidents (including derailments and stuck cars), the MTA Tuesday said it will fix the subway system. Here’s how:

    • Upgrade antiquated signals — quickly.
    • Repair more deteriorating cars a year.
    • EMS at stations to speed help to sick passengers.
    • Speed the installation of countdown clocks.
    • Remove seats from cars to create more standing room on crowded lines — like the L train.
    • Add extra cars to the C line — and dozens more tweaks.

    Note the $800 million plan calls for 50-50 funding from New York City and the state. That includes $450 in operational costs — the same amount the state slashed from its MTA funding, according to de Blasio, who called it (sarcastically) an “amazing coincidence.”

    The fix-it plan sounds like a good idea to us — and let the state fund it 100 percent. Or return control to NYC. What do you think?

    [Source: NYT]

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