MTA faces lawsuit over service cuts on C, F subway lines

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The MTA is facing a class action lawsuit over service cuts on the C and F subway lines.

The Transport Workers Union Local 100 is leading the suit, claiming the MTA enacted the cuts last year without notifying the mayor or holding mandated public hearings, as required by law.

Back in April 2020, with a fraction of riders and an alarming number of workers out sick at the height of the pandemic, the MTA drastically cut back on service.

Since then, union president Eric Loegel said every line in the system returned to a normal level of service, with the exception of the C and F lines.

“A suit is being filed under what’s called the Public Authorities Law which in this case requires the transit authority to notify the mayor about any plans of non-emergency service reductions, as well as the City Council, and to our knowledge neither of those things have happened,”  said union president Eric Loegel. “There’s been no public hearings, so they’re trying to make permanent these service reductions without following the law.”

With riders gradually coming back, Loegel tells WCBS 880’s Steve Burns that “this is not the time to be reducing service or making permanent any reduction in service.”

“We should be going the opposite way. There should be more trains out there,” he said. “This is about safety.”

Loegel said the lawsuit is meant to compel the MTA to restore service.

The MTA in a statement said, “Nothing has changed for customers on the C and F lines since nearly a year ago, and we continue to run 80 percent of service for approximately 30 percent of pre-pandemic ridership. Beyond that, we will vigorously defend against these claims in court.”

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