New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez and the City Council today announced the Council’s Committee on Transportation will convene an oversight hearing to examine the state of the subway system.
The hearing will be held on August 8th at 10:00 AM in Council Chambers and will provide the Council with an opportunity to explore and examine solutions to help address safety and efficiency issues that have plagued straphangers in recent months. The hearing will also provide the Council with an opportunity to review and conduct close oversight of the 30-day reorganizational report slated to be released by the MTA later this week.
“Millions of New Yorkers rely on the subway each and every day to go about their everyday lives,” said Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “The countless delays, unreliable service and numerous safety issues that have cropped up in recent months has made clear our subway system cannot remain the status quo. The MTA must do right by New Yorkers – and that means committing to funding much-needed improvements to its nearly century-old infrastructure and working with all levels of government to put an end to these issues. I look forward to the Council’s Transportation Committee hearing and thank Chair Rodriguez for his dedication as we work together to help make our subways safer and more reliable for all New Yorkers.”
“The failures of our public transit system have reached a breaking point,” said Council Transportation Chair Ydanis Rodriguez. “It is time for an open airing of what has led to these issues and what we are going to do to solve them. As we look forward to the 30 day report from the MTA this week, I expect to have a wide-ranging discussion on this plan, digging into the details to help riders understand what is coming, and to ensure we are up to the challenge. After months of mounting delays and derailments, our city needs action now, lest we continue to bear the severe economic and human costs of a system in disarray. I thank Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito for spearheading this effort with me, to best account for how we are addressing the number one crisis facing our city today.”
The event is to take place on August 8th, 2017, 10:00 AM at Manhattan City Hall.