MTA pulls entire subway car fleet out of service after two cars separate in Manhattan

1010 WINS Newsroom
June 03, 2020 - 10:38 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The MTA pulled an entire subway train car fleet out of service after two A train cars separated in Manhattan early Wednesday morning. 

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A northbound A train became separated between the sixth and seventh cars of the 10-car train as it entered the Chambers Street Station just after 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Ten passengers were safely evacuated, and no injuries were reported. 

New York City Transit Interim President Sarah Feinberg on Wednesday called the event an isolated incident, but said the agency was pulling its entire R179 fleet from service until further notice "out of an abundance of caution." 

"This marks the latest unacceptable issue with one of Bombardier's R179 cars. Customer and employee safety is New York City Transit's North Star," she said in a statement. "We will not compromise one inch on safety. We will not return the fleet to service without certainty and validation that all cars are fit for passenger service — period."

The same fleet was taken out of service in January following reports of doors randomly opening on the rail cars. At the time, Comptroller Scott Stringer said Bombardier "sold us lemons," but also accused the MTA of "mismanagement and incompetence."

The MTA has redeployed additional spare cars and minimal impacts to service are anticipated. The agency plans to return to full service on Monday when New York City enters Phase 1 of the reopening process. 

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