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MTA Puts Brakes On Union-Endorsed Subway Slowdowns

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The Transport Workers Union is trying to slow down subway trains to increase safety, but the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is slamming the breaks on the efforts.

TWU officials sent an email to nearly 2,000 train operators Friday and started posting a flier asking them to slow down to about 10 mph when entering stations.

MTA leadership ordered the posters be taken down.

The union then wrote a letter to the MTA claiming current protocols are not meeting safety needs and recommended several ways to improve safety, including the slowdown.

In a statement released Monday, the MTA fires back, claiming safety is its top priority and saying, "Some of the actions they are recommending, if implemented, would result in even more hazardous conditions due to overcrowding on platforms and onboard trains. There are other, more effective ways of making the system safer than slowing down train service and we are committed to working towards them."

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