MTA announces $836M plan to fix aging subway system

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An $836 million plan to fix New York City's aging subway system has been announced by the MTA, according to officials.

The plan includes 30 projects, one which would remove passenger seats from train cars to help with overcrowding, hiring 24,000 additional workers and fixing signal issues.

In addition, MTA officials say they would deploy emergency response teams to areas that have "problematic tracks."

MTA Chairman Joe Lhota says the plan is the result of an uptick in commuter complaints, train delays, and derailments.

Lhota says the cost of the plan should be split between the city and the state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has backed the plan, however, Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city should not have to give more money to the MTA since it has already given enough. 

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