MTA Shifts Deployment Of EMTs To 4 Subway Stations

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January 13, 2020 - 1:17 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The MTA is making a major change to a number of subway stations in an effort to keep trains moving and passengers safe.

According to the Daily News, the MTA will deploy EMTS to four stations to reduce delays caused by sick passengers.

The emergency personnel will be deployed at 149th Street-Grand Concourse, 125th Street, Grand Central-42nd Street and at Times Square-42nd Street.

According to a memo obtained by the Daily News, the EMTs will only be at the stations during peak hours – from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on weekdays. They will also be at the Grand Central Terminal from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.

The goal is to enable EMTs to respond swiftly to reports of medical episodes on the trains, which is he cause for hundreds of delays in a calendar year.

The plan is a major shift from the original Subway Action Plan, which launched in 2017 with EMTs deployed in 12 stations across the city.

An MTA spokesman told the Daily News, “We are focusing resources on the locations that have shown significant benefit from the program based upon a review of EMT activity and impact upon delays. Medical assistance is available anywhere in the transit network at any time through the 911 system.”