The subway system of any major city is a fickle beast.But the upside of unpredictability is that it can be used an excuse for being just a few minutes late to work. In New York City, you can even get a late pass from the MTA to show your skeptical boss.
Matt Flegenheimer at the New York Times reports:
Passengers are asked to provide information like their subway line and the times and locations of their entries and exits. And then, maybe hours later, maybe days, the authority returns with its judgment — the transit equivalent of a doctor’s note, if a bit more bewildering.
“There was a disruption in service, specifically signal trouble, sick customer, brakes in emergency and track circuit failure, which caused massive service delays, reroutes and/or trains to be discharged on the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, A, B, C, D, F, J, L, M, N, Q and R lines,” one recent response read, in part. “As a result, any one delay lasted up to 82 minutes.”
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According to Flegenheimer, 0ther subway systems don't plan on instituting the late pass system any time soon.
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