NEW YORK DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY
Days after a subway car derailed in Harlem, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared a State of Emergency for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). On the day of the announcement, commuters dealt with delays at Penn Station and Grand Central Station all day. Cuomo made his announcement at the Genius Transit Challenge Conference, an international competition with a $1 million prize for coming up with solutions to increase transit reliability. The governor announced that the MTA had been declining in quality, and it was time to stop and re-assess. “We need ideas outside the box because, frankly, the box is broken”, said Gov. Cuomo. New York has given the MTA 30 days to prepare an agency re-organization plan, as well as a 60-day plan for reviewing plans for fixing and buying new equipment.