New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

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Cuomo Gets Down On Tracks With MTA Employees, Touts Expedited Work At Avenue M & 16th Street Station

May 09, 2018 - 6:28 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo got down on the subway tracks with MTA workers on Wednesday.

The governor spent the morning at the Avenue M and 16th Street Subway station to tout expedited work on the tracks.

Cuomo watched and learned how they were fixing the tracks, Carol D'Auria reported. They were closing the gaps in the tracks that occur every 39 feet and Cuomo said the welding of the tracks will make for a much smoother ride, fewer breakdowns and fewer false red signals that cause the trains to stop.

The workers used saws, sand, and a gun powder mixture to get the job done and Cuomo admitted it's the old fashioned way, D'Auria reported.

"You can see how time consuimg this is and how dangerous it is. The electric welding will make it faster, safer, less personnel," Cuomo said.

Cuomo also said finally the funding is available and soon the modern equipment will be bought.

All the gaps should be closed by the end of the year, D'Auria reported.