- A heavy rainstorm in New York City led to water pouring into several subway stations, prompting service changes.
- Subway riders posted videos on social media of water flooding stations.
- The MTA said it has sent teams out to help with the excess water.
New York City subway riders posted pictures of their morning commute on Monday, showing just how bad the state of the city’s subway has become.
A heavy rainstorm in the city led to water pouring into several subway stations, prompting service changes.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said via Twitter on Monday that the F and M trains had to bybass the 42nd St-Bryant Park stop because of water entering the station. The MTA also said that northbound 1 trains were forced to bypass 145th Street because of water in the station.
New York City subway riders captured the mayhem with their smartphones and posted videos on social media, showing how dire the situation had become. In some videos, it looks as though the subway car is actually above ground, not underground, because of how much water is pouring into the station.
New York City’s subway system has come under fire as delays and performance problems have surged in recent years.
A New York Times investigative report published in November found that only 65% of trains actually arrived at their destination within five minutes of the expected arrival time. According to the report, a decline in funding and financial mismanagement contributed to the subway’s poor performance.
“Performance is nowhere near good enough,” New York City Transit Authority President Andy Byford said in an MTA board meeting in February. “We’re still struggling with far too many interruptions to service on the subway.”
In response to the videos and images tweeted of the dire conditions on Monday, the MTA said via Twitter that teams were sent to manage the water and ensure customer safety. The MTA also said an extensive drainage system is in place at the track level to remove excess water.
— Bret Hyde (@BretHyde) April 16, 2018
— Mike Murphy (@mcwm) April 16, 2018
Waiting to see just how waterproof these waterproof electrical lights are. Especially sucky for the lucky subway car that stops here. @2AvSagas @NYGovCuomo @CynthiaNixon @MTA pic.twitter.com/BQnGYtp9DZ
— mcbc (@mcbc) April 16, 2018
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