Subway riders, advocates rally outside of MTA headquarters

Kimberly Dole
July 22, 2019 - 11:15 am

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Subway riders, advocates and elected officials rallied outside of MTA headquarters on Monday, demanding a better public transit following the black out and the six subway lines that were suspended last week for over an hour.

Thousands of passengers were stuck on platforms and trains during rush hour on one of the hottest days of the year and multiple trains were stopped between stations.

MTA President Andy Byford says Friday's mess was caused by a software bug, which also affected the backup server.

Byford admitted that riders on the numbered lines had a “horrendous journey” and offered a personal apology. 

Board members called for and investigation from the Inspector General.

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Rallygoers demanded that Governor Cuomo and MTA create a capital plan that places congestion pricing funds toward subway reliability and accessibility upgrades and an MTA structure that recruits and retains experienced and competent transit leaders.

The rally also called for Mayor de Blasio to make transit a top priority on busy city streets with more dedicated bus lanes that create redundant transit capacity for when the subway falls short.

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