More trains are on time, say of­fi­cials

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY DAN RIVOLI TRAN­SIT RE­PORTER

Lit­tle by lit­tle, the sub­ways are get­ting bet­ter, the MTA says — and it’s got data to back it up.

On-time per­for­mance of sub­way trains broke 70% in Oc­to­ber for the first time since Au­gust 2015, the agency an­nounced Fri­day. And week­end on-time per­for­mance was 79%, the MTA said.

For the sec­ond month in a row, the MTA cut the num­ber of de­layed trains by more than 10,000.

Rid­ers en­dured 65,487 train de­lays in Oc­to­ber, down from the 81,607 sub­way de­lays in the same month last year. The MTA at­trib­uted the im­prove­ment to a con­certed ef­fort to shave sec­onds from train trips wher­ever pos­si­ble.

Ma­jor in­ci­dents — dis­rup­tions that hold up at least 50 trains — also dropped.

There were 2.3 of th­ese in­ci­dents, on aver­age, each week­day in Oc­to­ber, a de­cline from the 3.6 dis­rup­tions each week­day be­fore the MTA launched a con­certed ef­fort to im­prove ser­vice in July 2017.

Over­all, rid­ers suf­fered through 52 ma­jor week­day dis­rup­tions in Oc­to­ber— about 12 fewer than in Oc­to­ber 2017.

It was the sec­ond month in a row the MTA is­sued data show­ing sub­way ser­vice had got­ten bet­ter.

MTA of­fi­cials at­tribute the grad­ual im­prove­ment to their Sub­way Ac­tion Plan, an in­tense $836 mil­lion re­pair pro­gram started last year at the be­hest of Joe Lhota, who re­signed Fri­day as MTA chair­man.

“Where the Sub­way Ac­tion Plan has been in ef­fect, we have been see­ing im­proved statis­tics,” said An­drew Al­bert, the rid­ers’ ad­vo­cate on the MTA board.

Be­sides re­pairs funded by the Sub­way Ac­tion Plan re­pairs, tran­sit crews have cleaned out more clogged tun­nel drains, sucked up fire­caus­ing trash from the tracks, and sta­tioned plat­form work­ers to get trains in and out of sta­tions faster.

“The fact that where they’ve done some of th­ese things make a dif­fer­ence bodes well in the big pic­ture,” Al­bert said. “That means they know what has to be done and we have to keep it go­ing.”

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