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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York

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Donovan Sends Letter to MTA Urging South Brooklyn Transit Improvement

May 18, 2017
Press Release
Letter inquires about MTA’s plans to improve South Brooklyn subway lines after releasing improvement plan

Washington, DC – May 18, 2017….Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) this week sent a letter to Veronique Hakim, President of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York City Transit, inquiring about the agency’s attention to mass transit problems facing the residents of South Brooklyn. The letter follows the release of the MTA’s publicized plans to improve service and mitigate chronic delays in the New York City subway system, which omitted subway lines in South Brooklyn neighborhoods.

The letter cites the heavy commuter burden faced by South Brooklyn residents.

“I write to inquire about the MTA’s attention to South Brooklyn’s mass transit problems. The MTA indicated that it will focus on Manhattan A, C, and E lines, and those routes certainly carry a heavy commuter burden. However, I represent families who rely on the D, N, R and F lines, and their commutes are no less problematic. In fact, the lack of alternative subway routes in many South Brooklyn neighborhoods make commuters entirely dependent on timely D, N, R and F trains.”

The MTA subway system and commuter railroads have continually experienced chronic delays and breakdowns across its entire system. According to the MTA, on-time performance of trains dropped to 66.8% percent in 2016, down from 69.6 percent in 2015.

Today’s inquiry is part of Donovan’s continued commitment to improving transportation for the residents of South Brooklyn and Staten Island. Donovan was instrumental in reversing proposed transit funding cuts under President Obama, which would have been devastating to the district.

Full text of the letter below:

May 16, 2017

Hon. Veronique Hakim
President
Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit
2 Broadway
New York, New York 10004

Dear Ms. Hakim:

Thank you for the MTA’s recently publicized plan to mitigate chronic delays in the New York City subway system. I understand that the MTA’s work is challenging, and our city’s decades-old transit infrastructure poses significant obstacles to efficiency.

I write to inquire about the MTA’s attention to South Brooklyn’s mass transit problems. The MTA indicated that it will focus on Manhattan A, C, and E lines, and those routes certainly carry a heavy commuter burden. However, I represent families who rely on the D, N, R and F lines, and their commutes are no less problematic. In fact, the lack of alternative subway routes in many South Brooklyn neighborhoods make commuters entirely dependent on timely D, N, R and F trains.

I respectfully ask that you or an appropriate representative share with my office answers to the following questions:

  • How frequently do subway cars break down on the D, N, R and F lines, causing delays to South Brooklyn commuters? What is the average delay time for such incidents?
  • On average, how many sick passengers cause delays on the D, N, R and F lines? What is the average delay time for such incidents?
  • How does D, N, R and F line reliability compare to A, C, and E reliability?
  • What plans does MTA have to address mass transit delays in South Brooklyn?

Thank you for your attention to these questions. Should you or your staff have any follow-up questions, please do not hesitate to contact Fran Vella-Marrone, Brooklyn District Director, at (718) 630-5277.

 

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