MTA sees improvements in weekday subway delays

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The MTA says the subway system saw its lowest number of weekday delays in nearly five years, and says service is moving in the right direction despite its state of emergency.

The MTA says its trains' on-time performance remains above 75 percent, up from 61 percent last February. It adds that customers' wait times on platforms have been nine seconds closer to on-schedule.

Officials credit a more than $800 million action plan put forth by the governor to improve the structure of the subway system for a smoother, more reliable ride. It's in conjunction with a "Save Safe Seconds" plan that improved day-to-day operations.

Still, officials are stressing a need for more funding so that the whole subway system can eventually be overhauled.

The MTA says it currently has zero funding allocated to its next capital plan, which covers 2020 to 2024. The agency called for more funds from state and city partners to help it re-signal the subways, buy new cars and implement new technology.

Officials say congestion pricing in the busiest parts of Manhattan would be a source of funding to create the "subway system of tomorrow."

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