Sunday, January 1, 2012

Less Service in the Subway? It May Be a ‘Minor Holiday’

It just goes from bad to worse:

Usually, it is not up to the subway system to declare a holiday in New York City.

But straphangers who waited longer for their trains last week may be forgiven for thinking otherwise.

It turns out that the four weekdays after the observed Christmas holiday — along with other ostensibly slow days like the Friday after Thanksgiving — qualified as “minor holidays” this year, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The agency has celebrated by running fewer trains during the morning and evening rush.

The reduced service was part of an experiment by the authority that seeks to address the problem of offering “more service than is required” on a group of weekdays with traditionally low peak-hour ridership. Subway officials say the move saves money.
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