Governor Declares “State of Emergency” in NYC Transit System

FILE - In this photo provided by the Transport Workers Union, Local 100, workers from the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority examine damaged train tracks, at the scene of a subway derailment, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in New York. (Transport Workers Union, Local 100 via AP)

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.

A woman holds up a sign criticizing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a rush hour rally outside New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s offices, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)