Governor declares ‘state of emergency’ in transit system
NEW YORK | Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he has asked the new leader of New York City’s troubled public transit system to do a series of urgent reviews of the agency’s management and aging infrastructure.
The Democratic governor said Thursday he also is declaring a “state of emergency” in the system.
The city’s subways and commuter trains have been plagued by rising delays and unreliable service. Dozens of people were injured when a subway derailed Tuesday.
Mr. Cuomo has asked Metropolitan Transportation Authority chief Joe Lhota to come up with a reorganization plan in 30 days and an equipment review in 60 days. He also wants a 90day review of transit power failures.
Mr. Cuomo spoke at a conference for the MTA Genius Transit Challenge,
which is seeking innovative solutions for the aging subway system.