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MTA: Contractor error delays project to upgrade subway signal system on F and G lines

NEW YORK — A billion greenback plan to upgrade the MTA’s subway signal system is being delayed by years, CBS2 has realized. 

So what went incorrect? CBS2’s Elijah Westbrook has been investigating the difficulty and spoke with the MTA’s president of development and improvement. 

The MTA advised him the contractor who designed the components for the system had manufactured them within the incorrect measurement. As Westbrook studies, this isn’t coming as excellent news from the company, which already spent billions of {dollars} on the project — one that might impression service alongside the F line in Brooklyn. 

“The project has been delayed by basically a situation where we were replacing a number of track ties,” MTA’s President of Construction and Development Jamie Torres-Springer advised Westbrook.

The R-160 passenger vehicles that dominate the F and G lines are outfitted to use technology known as, “Communications Based Train Control,” also called CBTC. It’s a extra trendy strategy in getting trains to run quicker and nearer collectively.

The MTA says the technology has proven to enhance on-time service by 23% on the 7 and L trains. But there’s an issue impacting the rollout of the tech on the F and G.

“Unfortunately, our contractor did make some errors in the measurements that they made, and so there were some issues in the fabrication of those very specific ties, and that has caused a cascading delay in the project,” stated Torres-Springer. 

The MTA confirmed it isn’t solely impacting the F and G lines, work can also be being finished on parts of the A and C lines each in Brooklyn and Manhattan, the G’s crosstown line and the Sixth Avenue line, which B, D, F and M trains. It’s unclear if the contractor’s error will have an effect there, as nicely. 

“We’re not happy with where we are right now. I mentioned that very clearly at the board that we have a lot of work to do with the contractor, which is Siemens, to get up to the point where we have fully reliable service,” Torres-Springer stated.

In a press release, a Siemens spokesperson advised CBS2, “New York’s subway system is one of the most complex in the world – and we are confident that our CBTC solution will not only fulfil our obligations to the MTA, but provide efficiency and reliability benefits to their riders. We are working closely with the MTA to implement the necessary software updates as quickly as possible.”

The MTA desires to reassure clients that service is not going to be impacted at the very least over the following couple years whereas the work is being finished.

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