Cuomo: Subway Trains Will Soon Move 50% Faster

Steve Burns
October 08, 2019 - 6:51 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Your daily commute on the subways might be getting significantly faster.

On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the MTA will be greatly increasing train speeds throughout the city.

The announcement comes after the Train Speed and Safety Task Force found subway trains can, and should, move at much faster speeds.

The panel found that missed times, subway signals and harsh punishments for operators that run through them conspired to create a culture of over cautiousness, which is why train conductors have been moving at slower than necessary speeds.

Gov. Cuomo says there’s no need to be cautious when the subways are designed to move at faster speeds.

“In the areas where the speed limit was increased, they’ll drive faster. In the areas where the speed limit is not increased, they will drive faster,” Cuomo said.

Signals have been recalibrated throughout the system and the MTA and Transport Workers Union have agreed to lessen punishments for any overruns.

“Train operations can be safely increased beyond the levels at which they operated two decades ago,” the governor said.

Train speeds were reduced in the 1990s after a number of rear-end crashes – such as the one in 1995 when a J train collided into the back of an M train on the Williamsburg Bridge, killing one train operator and injuring more than four dozen people.

MTA managing director Ronnie Hakim says some trains will be increasing by 50% in certain sections of the city.