Maybe I should start by saying “Ladies and gentlemen we are delayed because of train traffic ahead of us. We apologize for any inconvenience.”
“Ladies and gentlemen we are delayed due to a signal malfunction. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your patience.”
“Ladies and gentleman we are being held momentarily by the train’s dispatcher. We hope to be moving shortly. We apologize for any inconvenience.”
“Ladies and gentleman we are delayed due to a sick passenger on the train directly ahead of us. We hope to be moving shortly. Thank you for your patience.”
“Ladies and gentlemen due to inclement weather conditions [even somehow underground] express train service has been suspended and trains are moving at slower speeds. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your patience.”
If I had a dollar for every time I heard one of those announcements, I would have retired years ago. We are now paying $2.50 for a signal ride, and MTA workers make an average of $70,000 USD per year; yet MTA still uses the exact same outdated 113 year old railroad systems and technology of which barely any have ever been updated. And to think that MTA threatened to raise fares to $3.00 USD.
It’s 2014. How do we still have to deal with the most absurd delays in transportation?! I’ve lived in NYC for roughly 19 years and honestly feel like the MTA has only gotten worse over the years as opposed to becoming more efficient. It seems like 1 out of every 20 MTA workers actually cares about their job and the service that they provide (similar to the post office whom are employed by the spawn of satan).
Not sure if it’s just me, but from my experience trains have only become more crowded and been running slower with major delays, in combination with long wait times.
I’m wondering if the 2nd avenue station under construction will indeed be the solution that quells the constant everyday struggle that commuters have to deal with in NYC.