Finally, a little business sense over at the MTA. Today, they announced plans to make each subway line operate as it’s own, autonomous rail line. Each line will have it’s own manager that can focus on the needs of that specific line.
Howard H. Roberts Jr., president of New York City Transit, will announce an overhaul today of how the subway system is run. The changes are designed to give individual subway lines a greater degree of autonomy by putting each one under the direction of a manager who will be responsible for almost everything that happens on the tracks, in the trains and in the stations. [NY Times]
Currently, there are single managers that handle multiple lines.
Of course, with everything the MTA does, there has to be a pilot. Can’t just do it, we need to test it until the end of time.
So first guinea pigs will be the 7 line and L lines. They were chosen because they are fairly self contained (unlike other lines that share tracks).
The plan is to then release another batch of subway rider report cards to see if there was any improvement noticed by riders.