MTA Pulls All R179 Trains Out Of Service After Subway Cars Separate At Chambers Street

WCBS 880 Newsroom
June 03, 2020 - 10:11 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New York City Transit Interim President Sarah Feinberg will investigate an incident involving an A train overnight. 

A northbound A train became separated between the sixth and seventh cars of the 10-car train as it entered the Chambers Street Station just after 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Ten passengers were safely evacuated.

No injuries were reported. 

Feinberg said this appears to be an isolated incident.

"Out of an abundance of caution, the entire R179 fleet is being pulled from service until further notice," Feinberg said. "This marks the latest unacceptable issue with one of Bombardier's R179 cars. Customer and employee safety is New York City Transit's North Star. We will not compromise one inch on safety. We will not return the fleet to service without certainty and validation that all cars are fit for passenger service - period."

The same $600 million fleet was taken out of service in January following reports of doors randomly opening on the rail cars.

At the time, Comptroller Scott Stringer said Bombardier "sold us lemons," but also accused the MTA of "mismanagement and incompetence."

The MTA has redeployed additional spare cars and minimal impacts to service are anticipated.

The MTA plans to return to full service on Monday when New York City enters Phase 1 of the reopening process. 

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