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MTA 'ghost trains' ran despite subway closures

An F train was seen running in Kensington,

An F train was seen running in Kensington, Brooklyn on the morning of Jan. 27. The subway ban was still in place. Photo Credit: IVAN PEREIRA

Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered New York City subways to stop running at 11 p.m. on Monday, but that didn't mean all subways stopped running.

Throughout the night, New Yorkers saw what many are calling "ghost trains" running on elevated tracks, which MTA Chairman Tom Predergast said was commonplace at a press briefing Tuesday morning.

"Those trains run to try to keep the lines open," Prendergast said. "It's normal process."

Only one subway line – the E train – runs exclusively underground.

The Brooklyn Paper first reported that these "ghost trains" would continue to run all night, citing an unnamed transit source who claimed that MTA workers were surprised at Cuomo's ban.

“I think it’s horrible, purely political decision, not based on anything that’s needed,” the source told the Brooklyn Paper. “It seemed like cutting out a necessary lifeline unnecessarily.”

Prendergast noted that keeping those trains – all non-passenger trains – running aids the process of getting the rails back on track. 

"We’re well in the position to get service up back faster," he said.


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