MTA Begins To Increase Speed Limits On Select Subway Lines

January 22, 2019 - 1:01 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The MTA announced Monday that subway speed limits have increased at two dozen locations as part of an effort to fix the system's antiquated signals.

The New York Post reports in parts of the R line in Brooklyn and sections of the J-Z line in Manhattan, the speed limit has doubled from 15 to 30 mph.

Additionally, along the 1 line north of Penn Station, operators are now allowed to run the train as fast as they will go.

Speed limits are expected to be raised at other locations as improvements are made.

The increases are part of Transit President Andy Byford’s Save Safe Seconds initiative, which aims to move trains as quickly and as safely as possible.