NYC subway ceiling collapses avoidable

The News Leader

September 29, 2010 5:22:02 AM PDT
New York City subway riders need to not only mind the gap, but to mind their heads too.

In a report released this week, Metropolitan Transportation Authority inspector general Barry Kluger said the agency did an inadequate job inspecting the city's subway stations. .

Kluger said the MTA knew that a portion of the ceiling at an uptown subway stop was at risk of collapse for 10 years before it fell and did not fix it. He cited two other ceiling collapses due to insufficient inspections. Nobody was injured in the incidents.

Kluger said better inspections and fixing problems quicker would be cheaper than dealing with incidents in an emergency.

An MTA spokesman said the agency agreed with the report's findings and support its recommendations. He said some problems are already being addressed.