The MTA has always tried to schedule most of its work on evenings and weekends, to avoid interfering with weekday commutes, says Richard Barone, vice president for transportation at the Regional Plan Association. But in recent years, “weekend and evening ridership has increased dramatically, so more riders are more aware of the disruptions,” he adds. And the added work post–Hurricane Sandy “has only made things worse.”
It’s this lack of information that may be the most enraging to weekend subway riders. “We want the MTA to be doing the work needed to fix and modernize the subway. They need work windows to be able to do this,” says Barone. “What is important is that the MTA be able to communicate planned work outages and disruptions to riders more clearly.”
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