MTA Bumping Up Subway Speed Limits To Reduce Delays

December 10, 2018 - 3:41 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Riders on certain subway lines throughout the city will soon experience a much faster commute.

Over the weekend, a group of experts drove in a subway car, as Transit Chief Andy Byford put it, every inch of the New York City system, searching for places the speed of trains can be safely increased.

During the ride, the ground found 267 faulty signals.

“Those are the signals that will turn red and essentially stop a train if a train is moving too fast,” Vice President Sally Labrera said.

She noted that in some cases, those signals aren't properly calibrated, and do not allow train operators to travel at the speed they are designed to operate at.

Labrera says a dozen changes have been made to a number of those signals, allowing trains to operate, as she put it, safely at higher speeds.

In addition, she says, posted speed limits have been upped at 34 locations in the system so far.

Riders on the B, Q, D, N and R lines will be among the first riders to experience faster commutes.

In some cases, speeds are doubling from 15 to 30 miles per hour.

“This is all about getting the safe maximum out of the existing signaling system,” Byford told the New York Times.

As the MTA waits for funding on the Fast Forward Plan, NYCT is making do with the funding it has.

Additionally, the agency is still debating on a possible fare hike in 2019 and 2021.