Sunday, January 12, 2020

Statement from New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer on Bombardier R179 Subway Cars

 “The New York City subway riders who foot the bill for the MTA’s $600 million contract with Bombardier were promised new, state-of-the-art train cars to help modernize our ailing transit system. Now, all the cars that were delivered so far have been pulled from service due to critical defects. It is completely unacceptable.

“Last month my office released an audit that exposed how this contract became three years behind schedule and cost taxpayers millions of additional dollars. Our investigation revealed layers of mismanagement in the MTA’s oversight of the contract — repeated failures to meet contract deadlines and requirements, poor project management and technical breakdowns, structural defects that delayed cars being put into service, and several earlier structural problems that caused some of these trains to be pulled from service.
“Bombardier sold us lemons. Straphangers need the MTA to manage these contracts from the beginning — before the trains go off the rails.”
We are so lucky to have New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer grandstanding rather then calling for an investigation by New York State Attorney General Letitica James. She might be able to recoup some of the money that is going to be needed to keep these new subway cars from having more problems, and fix them when new problems arise.

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