New York’s subway system can’t keep pace with growing number of riders

March 24, 2016

From The Wall Street Journal on Fox News

If the New York City subway seems more crowded than ever, there is a good reason: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority hasn’t been able to run enough trains to keep up with a growing number of riders.Website Insert Call Me State DOTs copy

The subway carried 1.76 billion riders last year, a 12 percent increase since 2009, when the last recession ended, according to the MTA. At the same time, Federal Transit Administration data show subway trains ran 345.4 million miles in passenger service last year, down 2 percent from 2009.

MTA officials say they are shackled by aging equipment, the size of the subway-car fleet and the demands of maintaining an old system that runs around the clock.

“You can’t really add anything anywhere,” said Peter Cafiero, chief of operations planning for the MTA’s New York City Transit division. “There is something constraining us everywhere at all times of day, at this point, on every line.”

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