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Read moreThe news that the New York City Transit Authority is shutting down all but a handful of its subway lines to stop more than 50,000 people from using them to commute to work and school on Monday is a reminder that the system is facing a significant safety problem.
“This is an urgent and critical issue that needs to be addressed urgently,” MTA Commissioner Daniel Donovan said in a statement on Monday.
“If the MTA is unable to do so, it is the duty of the elected leaders of the New Yorkers who elected it to step in and make sure that these trains are safe for all of us to travel on.”
A total of 50,813 people have used the system’s commuter trains, a number that is expected to climb, as of Monday morning, according to the agency’s data.
This is the lowest number of use per-person on any subway line, according the MTA, which has said it is closing the stations to make room for the rush-hour trains.
The MTA says the issue is not due to a breakdown of trains.
It is a consequence of the unprecedented volume of travel and the increasing numbers of people who are using these lines, which are operated by the city’s transit authority, according New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“These are people who rely on the trains to get to work, to get from home to work,” Cuomo said at a news conference on Monday afternoon.
“It is going to take the combined efforts of the city and the transit authority to find a solution that will keep people safe.”
In a statement, the New Orleans Public Library and its parent company, the Louisiana State Library System, said the issue was caused by the increased use of public transportation, including the subway system.
The New York Transit Authority said the MTA was using its commuter train service to accommodate commuters traveling from the greater New York metropolitan area.
MTA officials said the agency was taking all available actions to mitigate the impact of this change.
“We are reviewing the results of our review to determine the next steps, and we will continue to work with the MTA and our partners to find the most appropriate actions to ensure safety for our riders,” MTA Chief Financial Officer David Greenblatt said in the statement.
The subway system said it was taking additional steps to make sure the train system is safe.
The agency’s chief executive, Joe Lhota, said on Monday that the MTA had “firmly implemented its plan to shut down the system” and would not reopen it.
The transit agency said in its statement that “this is an unprecedented situation that has affected thousands of commuters, and it has impacted our ability to meet the daily demand on our system.”
The MTA said it will use “all available steps to protect our customers and to minimize any disruption to our operations.”
The agency said it also will be working with New Jersey Transit, which operates its commuter rail service, to develop a plan for how to handle this situation in the future.
New Jersey Transit has shut down all of its commuter trains in the New Jersey region, but it has not been the only rail service in the state to experience issues.
A spokesperson for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said that the state had a “tremendous amount” of commuter rail traffic and that it was working with local authorities and the MTA to resolve the situation.
The spokesperson also said that Christie has been briefed by officials from the New England Regional Transportation Authority, which oversees commuter rail in the region, to provide the agency with the resources it needs.
“It is essential that New York state take the necessary steps to ensure that its commuter system is fully operational for the benefit of its riders, including those who work in New York,” the statement said.
New York City has had a relatively peaceful commute for most of the year, with more than 20,000 daily commuters traveling to work in the city on the subway and the subways.
However, in the last few months, there has been a spike in the number of riders, according, with thousands of people using subways between New York and Washington, DC.
The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, has said that there will be a “significant reduction” in the amount of riders and that he hopes to see an end to the commuter rail system in the coming weeks.