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New York Is Spending Billions To Fix Its Failing Subway System

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority revealed Phase 1, which includes removing seats from cars to cut overcrowding.
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New York Is Spending Billions To Fix Its Failing Subway System

New York's transit authority just revealed Phase 1 of an $8.8 billion plan to fix its mounting subway issues. 

The big reveal follows a string of problems for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority — including train derailments and a power outage that stranded riders for hours in June. Shortly after that, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a subway state of emergency

Phase 1 will cost about $840 million and it includes adding train cars with no seats to cut down on overcrowding. 

It'll also be accelerating signal repairs and renovating more subway cars. Cuomo noted: "The oldest subway cars are 52 years old. They literally should be in a museum." The system itself is over a century old. 

MTA Chairman Joe Lhota wants the cost of the subway makeover to be split between the city and the state, but it's still unclear whether that will happen.