New York City is bracing for another mass exodus from the subway after a study of the area’s rail network found that more than 90 percent of its subway cars had been taken off the street in recent years.
The report, which examined the state’s rail system from January to April of 2021, said that on average, 2,700 subway cars were removed from service between January 2017 and April 2021.
The study also found that the number of subway cars in service dropped to 1,000 in the same period, as compared to an average of 4,600 cars per month over the past three years.
“The results of this study demonstrate the importance of maintaining subway car numbers,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.
“I am committed to finding a solution that keeps New Yorkers safe while preserving the existing subway system.”
Metro officials have said the city has not received a request for a “backfill” from the MTA, but that the department is aware of the concerns expressed in the study and has begun to implement measures to reduce vehicle numbers.
“We’re taking the subway very seriously,” de Blasio added.
“We’re looking at all of the options, including a backfill to make sure there’s enough vehicles on the subway, which means more people moving into the system.”
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio said that the city is looking at many options to reduce the number and size of its transit vehicles.
A spokesperson for the MTA said that, like any agency, they are not in a position to make specific plans about the future of the subway system.
“Our goal is to ensure the safety of our riders and our drivers, and to make the MTA the most efficient, safe, and efficient transportation system in the world,” the spokesperson said in an email.
“It’s our job to protect those rights while we do so, and we’ll continue to work with all stakeholders in order to achieve this goal.”