NYC Transit President Tells You Everything You Didn't Need to Know About the L Train
The MTA is not known for its transparency. Or its efficiency. Or its reliability. But this morning, NYC Transit President Andy Byford took to the Twittersphere to start a dialogue about the mounting commuter frustration plaguing straphangers. Whether or not that goal was achieved, Byford did offer himself as a sacrificial social media punching bag on behalf of the MTA for a full hour and a half. He’s British! Here’s what Byford had to say about our beleaguered L train.
If you thought the MTA actually had some semblance of a final plan in place for the L train shutdown, the joke's on you! (The strategy remains unrefined):
Hi Leslie, I have reviewed the plan, and there is no question that the L train shutdown will be a huge challenge. That said, there is still time to refine the plan, and we are working closely with the City and NYPD to provide smooth service throughout the closure. #AskNYCT ^AB https://t.co/QnMbqx79Ax— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) March 29, 2018
Some work will be done to make stations more accessible. Aim high, Byfie!
Hi Sarah. Ideally, we would do that, but there's a limit to how much work can be done during the shutdown. Some accessibility work will be done, and I have initiated a survey of the remaining inaccessible stations as I want to make them all accessible. #AskNYCT ^AB https://t.co/LXgwJVlKVA— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) March 29, 2018
And in case you're wondering if your transit prez is just a cool regular guy with age-appropriate taste in music, he loves The Smiths! (Though all his favorite songs are singles.)
Signal Problems would be a good name for a Smiths cover band:
Right now, we are running as many trains as we can on the L. The signal system does enable us to run more trains, but we need to first upgrade the power supply, and that will happen during the upcoming L line closure in 2019. #AskNYCT ^AB https://t.co/1vIThdrmOK— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) March 29, 2018
Our man Byfie hasn't had enough -- he wants a second date!
And finally, while he was busy recounting his favorite Smiths songs (again, ALL singles), he neglected to answer our question. Hit us up on Twitter if you have a response of your own:
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