De­lays cost $1.2M a day

Strapped hang­ers can’t catch a break

New York Post - - NEWS - By DANIELLE FURFARO Tran­sit Re­porter Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by El­iz­a­beth Ros­ner

The Big Ap­ple’s ag­ing, rot­ten sub­ways are not just mak­ing rid­ers late — but poor as well.

De­layed straphang­ers lose a cu­mu­la­tive av­er­age of $1.2 mil­lion a work­day in eco­nomic gain due to end­less train de­lays, ac­cord­ing to a new study by the city’s In­de­pen­dent Bud­get Of­fice.

The daily losses — which in­clude $864,000 for city res­i­dents alone — add up to a fi­nan­cial loss for sub­way rid­ers of $307 mil­lion an­nu­ally, the IBO said Thurs­day.

The find­ings were no sur­prise to rid­ers on over­packed sta­tion plat­forms — who each seemed to have a hor­ror story of be­ing made late for work or an im­por­tant busi­ness func­tion.

“I’ve lost close to $1,000 the past few months; damn ag­gra­vat­ing.” said An­drew P., 39, a makeup artist at an up­scale sa­lon in Brook­lyn. “I’m lucky my bosses are aware of the in­com­pe­tent MTA, but my clients aren’t.”

De­lays lead not only to the loss of cash, but also cost some com­muters jobs or pro­mo­tions.

“My col­leagues from Brook­lyn miss the trains and it tar­nishes their rep­u­ta­tions,” said Alexis Zumwalt, a 26-year-old tech. “They get no pro­mo­tions.”

Joan W., 50, who lives in Brook­lyn but works in a Soho fur­ni­ture store, called the sub­ways a “pain in the ass” and added that “when em­ploy­ees aren’t there on the floor, our busi­nesses is im­pacted.”

Brook­lyn Bor­ough Pres­i­dent Eric Adams com­mis­sioned the IBO study af­ter a par­tic­u­larly bad week of train de­lays this past sum­mer.

“Our city’s an­nual loss of $307 mil­lion to pre­ventable sub­way de­lays is a crit­i­cal de­rail­ment of the eco­nomic lives of many busi­nesses and New York­ers, par­tic­u­larly those from eco­nom­i­cally chal­lenged com­mu­ni­ties,” Adams said.

City Comptroller Scott Stringer re­leased a sim­i­lar re­port ear­lier this month, but the IBO anal­y­sis also adds in his­tor­i­cal val­ues for the past five years.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, de­lays av­er­aged 20,000 a month in 2012 — but reached 67,450 in May of this year.

The study also looked at de­lays on in­di­vid­ual lines and found that de­lays on the 5, A, and F lines are par­tic­u­larly stag­ger­ing.

MTA of­fi­cials re­sponded to the re­port by not­ing agency Chair­man Joe Lhota’s sum­mer re­pair plan aim­ing to stem sub­way de­lays with in­fra­struc­ture work.

Agency hon­chos of­fi­cials also say they “need City Hall and Mayor de Bla­sio to com­mit to pay­ing its 50 per­cent share to fully im­ple­ment the [im­prove­ment] plan,” said spokesman John McCarthy.

SQUEEZY RID­ERS: On top of over­crowd­ing, straphang­ers feel the pain of lighter wal­lets, a new study shows.


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