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NYC transit: Stranded subway riders were forgotten

December 7, 2011
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NEW YORK—A transit official has admitted that subway passengers left stranded on a train for hours during last year's blizzard had been forgotten.

New York City Transit President Thomas F. Prendergast testified Tuesday at a City Council hearing on winter preparedness.

Among other things, he discussed an A train that was infamously stranded last December on an open-air station platform in Queens, near Kennedy Airport.

According to The New York Times, ( http://nyti.ms/w4Nkdv) Prendergast told the committee: "We forgot about that train."

He added that the situation was "inexcusable."

Prendergast says that now, advocates will be responsible for "the care and well-being" of stranded passengers. He says that will be their only job.

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Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com

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