New York City subway train.

MTA Rolls Out Longer Subway Announcements In Transparency Bid

May 16, 2018 - 8:30 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Are you one of those people who didn't stand clear of the closing doors, no matter how many times former 1010 WINS employee Charlie Pellett told you to?

Well if you didn't listen to Charlie, maybe you'll listen to Velina Mitchell.

She's the new voice of the subway, and some of her announcements are quite a bit longer than the old ones, which some people don't like.

“That’s way too long. Definitely not a New York minute,” Mo Drame told the New York Post.

The MTA had initially shortened its message, but decided on the newer, longer version to improve transparency.

It still wasn't enough for one rider, who told the Post the MTA would be better off using cattle prods to move people on and off trains.

Some of the announcements made by conductors will be longer as well, but they can ad lib a bit, and Charlie will still be there to remind you to stand clear of the closing doors.