MTA says subway reports falsified

November 20, 2010 7:00:10 AM PST
A stunning revelation after some subway signal inspections were never done even though some inspectors say they were.

A supervisor in the signals division has been demoted, and others are being looked at.

Some straphangers didn't like what they were hearing about the city subway system.

"I think there are a lot of issues they have to fix," said one rider.

The MTA taking another public relations hit after some important inspections reports on signals were being falsified raising questions about the safety of the system.

"I think the safety of the passengers should be a top priority," said another passenger.

The MTA Inspector General and NYC Transit have found problems with signal inspection records.

The discovery was made during the restructuring of the Department of Subways.

While reviewing inspection and maintenance reports, an investigation determined that signal reports had been falsified. Checks that should have been done weren't.

The fallout is a management shake up in signals division.

Referring to the investigation and the management shake up, an MTA official says "It is important to note that the result of that effort has reinforced that the signal system is safe."

The MTA says passengers were never in danger due to a safety switch that would automatically turn off the signal if a train was in danger.

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