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Andy Byford to speed up Subway — yes, you read that right!

Speed limit to be raised

Andy Byford (Credit: David Cooper / Toronto Star)

Four major train accidents in the 1990’s led to stricter rules that have kept trains from traveling at normal speeds. Now the subway’s new leader, Andy Byford, is changing that, according to NYTimes.

The details: Speed limits are expected to be raised at 100 locations by the Spring. Over the weekend, the speed limit was raised on parts of the N and R trains from 15 miles per hour to 30 miles per hour. 

Only a small part of an ambitious plan… Andy Byford has proposed a sweeping overhaul plan that could cost $40 billion over 10 years. Complain about the cost, but the plan actually addresses the core problem. It focuses on speeding up the rollout of a new signal system to replace the subway’s current equipment that has been used since the 1930’s. Key will be funding!

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