Why Your Train Is Always Delayed

March 6, 2014 | Andy Cush

If you felt like December was a worse-than-average month for getting to work on time on the subway, you were right: according to MTA statistics, there were 36,485 delays that month — 80 percent higher than in December 2012. The entirety of last year was bad, in fact, with 28 percent more delays than the year before.

According to am New Yorkthere are myriad reasons, chief of which were technical issues with switches, signals and rails. After that, overcrowding and workers on tracks were the worst culprits. According to MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz, the recent cold spat hasn’t helped, either. “Weather just has an impact on equipment, whether it be frigid temperatures, snow, ice getting in between switches,” he told the paper. “These are all things we try to mitigate through.”

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