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MTA Figures Out Long-Running Subway Issue

August 05, 2019 - 9:15 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The MTA has worked out a long-running problem that’s been slowing down the subway.

The Daily News says faulty equipment that accidentally trips emergency brakes has been repaired in Brooklyn and on the Manhattan Bridge.

The fix will speed up service on the A,B,C,D,N and Q trains.

The MTA says 2,3,4 and 5 trains will also run faster.

Malfunctioning gear designed to halt speeding trains, or trains running too close to one another has been a headache for years.

The subways are running faster at 100 locations in the system, under a repair program championed by MTA transit chief Andy Byford.

But a faster ride won’t happen all at once, since operators have been running trains slower under orders issued after a 1995 crash.

Union officials have sent a letter to Gov. Cuomo saying operators are fearful of disciplinary action, if they hit the throttle, setting off the emergency brakes.