MTA Says More Subways, Commuter Trains Are Running On Time

Kevin Rincon
January 21, 2020 - 10:49 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The MTA says that New York's subways and commuter trains improved their on-time performance in 2019.

In a statement released Monday, the Metropolitan Transit Authority said that subway's average on-time performance topped 80 percent in 2019 for the first time since 2013, up from 67 percent in 2018.

The MTA also says that, in 2019, customers waited an average of six seconds less on the platform and 14 seconds on the train.

The authority says a factor in reducing delays was a reduction in track debris fires, down from 341 in 2018 to 262 in 2019. This is due to new equipment, including platform-based mobile vacs and vacuum trains that run on the tracks.

"Thanks to the relentless hard work of our team, I’m tremendously proud to say that improvements are now the norm on the subways," MTA NYC Transit President Andy Byford said in the statement. "I look forward to maintaining our upward trend in 2020 as we continue work on our Fast Forward Plan to modernize every aspect of our transit system and implement our part of the historic, unprecedented $51.5 billion MTA 2020-2024 Capital Program."

On the commuter rail, Metro-North trains ran on time over 94 percent of the time, the railroad's best performance in more than six years. The MTA says the railroad had 55 percent fewer cancellations and 41 percent fewer delays in 2019.

Metro-North has focused on improving infrastructure in 2019, including more than 100 miles of upgraded track and 50,000 new cross ties.

On the Long Island Rail Road, on-time performance was at 92 percent. The agency says the railroad has its highest readership in modern history, transporting 91.1 million passengers.

The LIRR also highlighted its track improvements in recent years, with the replacement of more than 30 miles of track and rebuilding priority switches in the most highly trafficked areas.