Wednesday, July 9, 2008

E/F'in Unbearable

Here's the emailed response I got this morning from the MTA regarding the condition of the morning commute on the E/F line.

Our records confirm that track rehabilitation work is currently in effect on the E line near the 46th Street station until further notice. Due to the resultant track conditions, service on the E, F and V lines is operating with slow speed orders, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, until the project’s completion. Although the actual work on the track is performed during the overnight period and weekends so that they will not pose a problem for the majority of our customers, the track is left in a "skeletonized" condition at all other times that restricts the operation of trains to 10 m.p.h. We expect an 8 to 10-minute delay while traveling through the area during the morning rush hour. Customers are advised to allow additional travel time. We have referred your e-mail to supervision in our Department of Subways for review.

Until further notice? Not good enough. This has gone on far too long (months!) and better preparations should have been made. 8 - 10 minute delay? Maybe on MTA time. This line is too important to too many people to try to hide major track work. Once again, terribly handled by the MTA - and this is the organization you want to trust with Congestion Pricing? Pretty soon, we'll all be driving into Manhattan.