Gover­nor de­clares ‘state of emer­gency’ in tran­sit sys­tem

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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.

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