The city’s subway system might seem like it’s in terrible shape these days but that’s because you aren’t “looking very carefully,” at least according to Governor Andrew Cuomo. At a meeting held in his Midtown office on Tuesday, the governor told reporters that despite ongoing delays and service disruptions, the system is already showing signs of improvement, reports the New York Daily News.
Cuomo, who doesn’t exactly make riding the train a priority (he last rode it at the inauguration of the Second Avenue Subway) didn’t go into too many specifics about the improvements he talked up but he did mention that he “hears from people who say the tracks look cleaner or the service seems better.” He also attempted totake some heat off of the MTA and claimed many of the issues that happen on a daily basis aren’t the agency’s fault.
“A Con Ed generator blows up, it's not the fault of the MTA. A piece of track breaks off, it's not the fault of the MTA,” said Cuomo. “Those things will always happen. And so they're not a fair indicator of the performance of the MTA because the MTA doesn't control those things”
We’re not sure who has been telling Cuomo that the subway is improving, but tweets from the city’s commuters seem to suggest otherwise:
MTA is so god damn incompetent. I can't believe there are delays with the damn 7 train. #MTA— Niloy Pervin (@MrNil608) September 20, 2017
Sitting on F train that has not been moving for some time, thinking of all the MTA improvements @NYGovCuomo says are happening.— Grace Rauh (@gracerauh) September 20, 2017
@MTA did you forget it's rush hour, even at borough hall? 6 mins between trains? Not good enough.— Steven B (@SBrandowsky) September 20, 2017
the @mta, like me, simply refuses to work on the weekend— E. Alex Jung (@e_alexjung) September 17, 2017
- Cuomo says New Yorkers can see subway improvements if they look hard enough [New York Daily News]