NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he’s asked the new leader of New York City’s troubled public transit system to do a series of urgent reviews of the agency’s management and aging infrastructure.
The Democratic governor said Thursday he’s also declaring a “state of emergency” in the system.
The city’s subways and commuter trains have been plagued by rising delays and unreliable service. Dozens of people were injured when a subway derailed Tuesday.
Cuomo said he’s asked Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman Joe Lhota (LOH’-tuh) to come up with a reorganization plan in 30 days and an equipment review in 60 days.
He also wants a 90-day review of transit power failures.
Cuomo spoke at a conference for the MTA Genius Transit Challenge, which is seeking innovative solutions for the aging subway system.