New York’s public transit system is one of the best in the U.S., but it still lags by world standards and struggles to keep pace with ongoing demand increases. One logical way of boosting capacity is simply to allow subway trains to move at higher speeds, and a proposal is currently under consideration to allow just that. Introduced recently, the proposal would allow the top speed of MTA trains to be increased, resulting in quicker transit times for commuters.
- The New York City subway is one of the country’s most successful transit systems, but it still is having trouble keeping up with demand.
- Congestion in the system leads to delays, which can cause major headaches for riders.
- To possibly help alleviate these delays, the city is considering raising the speed limits for subway trains.
“Following the crash, the agency lowered speed limits from a maximum of 55 m.p.h to its current 40 m.p.h limit. But it also implemented a program known as signal modifications, which affects how and when trains are stopped for safety purposes.”