The epidemic of transit problems plaguing New York in recent months is well-known to New Yorkers and anyone else who relies on the transit system on a regular basis. Delays, failures, emergencies and injuries have become the norm. As reported by CBS New York, Governor Cuomo will be signing an executive order declaring a state of emergency for the MTA. What this means exactly is unclear. Apparently, it will allow repairs and other items to be addressed on a more expedited basis.
Unfortunately, as is all too well-known, seeing is believing when it comes to the MTA. For years, they have allowed the system to fall into disrepair despite regular rate-hikes. As a result, New Yorkers are left with a sub-standard transit system plagues by delays, breakdowns and injuries. Hopefully, the pressure from the Governor’s office will serve as an impetus to fixing this broken system.
The New York City subway system is operated by the New York City Transit Authority(NYCTA), under the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, MTA New York City Transit is the largest public transportation agency in the United States of America and among the largest in the world. Approximately 5.6 million people ride the subway every day and approximately 1.751 billion people ride the subway annually(as published in 2014). The NYCTA operates more than 6,300 subway cars, maintains 660 miles of track and operates 469 subway stations.
A person utilizing the NYC subway system has the right to expect that the NYCTA acts in a reasonable manner in providing a safe subway system, including subway trains, stations and platforms, for those persons lawfully using the system. When a person is injured through the negligence and carelessness of the NYCTA in the performance of their legal duty, the injured person has the right to bring a claim and lawsuit against the NYCTA.
Have you or someone you love been involved in an accident on a subway train or in a subway station that you believe was the result of the negligence of the New York City Transit Authority? If so, you may be able to recoup compensation for your losses. For a free review of your legal options, call 212-406-1700 or fill out our online case review form.