The MTA’s plan to fight subway delays has at occasions been not on time — similar to its trains.
The stations and features that New York Metropolis Transit shuts down in a single day for fixes and upgrades generally sit idle for as much as six hours earlier than work truly begins — all due to company or contractor screw-ups.
Data obtained by the Each day Information present that in not less than a dozen instances previously two months the MTA closed strains at 10 p.m. However even with the strains shuttered — and riders pressured to take alternate routes — the restore work on these sections didn’t begin till hours later.
On Nov. 24, the MTA closed a stretch of the Seventh Ave. line between 96th St. and Occasions Sq. at 10 p.m. as a way to clear drain bins and pipes, data present.
However the work didn’t begin till 2:20 a.m. on Nov. 25 as a result of the transit crew that units up flags and lights to warn conductors of labor didn’t arrive on time.
The MTA additionally shut down the Lexington Ave. line’s southbound facet between 125th St. and Grand Central Terminal at 10 p.m. on Nov. 24.
However the work didn’t start till three:50 a.m. the subsequent day — practically six hours later — as a result of the contractors wanted to gasoline up their work practice at one other location earlier than they might begin.
The identical drawback occurred on the Brooklyn Bridge station on the Lexington Ave. line on Nov. 24. Contractors additionally wanted to fill their tanks at one other location. The work was delayed for 5 and a half hours.
Extra not too long ago, on Jan. 9, work on a shutdown line was delayed for an hour and a half as a result of a sign crew needed to be re-routed to deal with a sign drawback at Cypress Ave., in response to data.
That very same night time, work on one other line didn’t start till 10:55 p.m. — as a result of a desk superintendent referred to as the mistaken cellphone quantity to say he could be late for the job.
The in a single day work is a part of the MTA’s Subway Motion Plan, an $800 million speedy restore program.
In October the MTA rolled again the closing time for in a single day repairs — that are often known as ‘normal orders” — from midnight to 10 p.m. as a way to accomplish extra work. The work finally ends up at 5 a.m.
Phil Eng, the MTA’s chief working officer, mentioned that these delays have been unusual and that, by and huge, work began on time.
He mentioned the MTA has performed 687 normal orders because it made the beginning occasions 10 p.m. He mentioned the company averages greater than 5 hours of labor time on every in a single day job.
The remainder of the time is spent establishing the strains for the work and, afterwards, getting them again into service, Eng mentioned.
“That is truly successful story when it comes to what now we have been doing with our normal orders,” he mentioned, noting that the in a single day work has fastened 900 leaks, repaired greater than 6,000 observe defects and cleaned over 100 miles of underground observe.
Eng mentioned the progress is tangible, with the variety of observe fires down by eight.four% previously six months, in comparison with the identical time final yr.
Nevertheless, an MTA supply who offered The Information with data displaying the delays mentioned that the in a single day work regularly begins late.
The supply mentioned which means service is shut down for hours with no profit to anybody.
“You’re inconveniencing riders and never doing something extra with the time,” the supply mentioned.