MTA chief pledges change after track fire brings over a million riders’ commute to a crawl; riders are skeptical

HARLEM, Manhattan — A track fire in Harlem during the morning rush affected over 1 million commuters across eight different subway lines — a full one-third of the entire subway system.

The number of track fires, which are largely caused by trash on the tracks, is way down in recent years, according to MTA Chairman Joe Lhota. While the problem is still real, it is being handled by the MTA.

But for the many riders from the Bronx down to midtown Manhattan affected on Monday, the...

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