The numbers are in: PATH, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s small subway-esque railroad, had a 5.4% jump in ridership in 2017 as compared to 2016, adding over 4.2 million trips to reach a new record of almost 83 million.
On Tuesday afternoon, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced his selection of Kevin Corbett, an executive at transportation contractor AECOM, as the new Executive Director of the state transportation agency, pending board approval.
The plan to upgrade the subway’s Flushing Line to Communications Based Train Control, in order to facilitate more frequent train service, is running almost twenty months behind schedule and nearly 38 million over budget, with more delays likely in the future.
The M.T.A.’s Access-A-Ride paratransit service, the largest in the nation, appears to be mishandling many customer complaints, according to an audit released by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer.
The audit, the second in less than two years, follows a period of intense frustration from Access-A-Ride (AAR) users, who frequently come in droves to M.T.A. board meetings to voice their concerns.
“It was flawless.”
So responded incoming New York City Transit president Andy Byford, to how his first commute was to the agency’s headquarters in Bowling Green.
The M.T.A. has been having a rough go of it lately, with massive delays disrupting many commutes. To try and improve service, Manhattan’s 8th Avenue lines will be getting the FASTRACK treatment, a station cleaning and track improvement program which “[attacks] the key drivers of 79 percent of delay-causing major incidents,” according to the agency.
On Friday morning, commuters were frustrated by more delays on the New York City subway. When all was said and done, eleven lines were affected– the 2, 4, 6, 7, B, E, F, J, M, L, and R trains.