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MTA officials say that New York City subway riders are partly to blame for delays

MTA officials said commuters riding the subway in New York City, were partly the fault of the delays.

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Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials claim that commuters ride the subway in New York City are partly due to the delays.

In July, 72,000 subway trains delayed, resulting in about 32 percent of the service for the month, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Every day of the week, some 8,000 trains in New York City. MTA officials came up with a new policy to try to decrease delays. The policy, which was launched in August, instructed guides to try and not allow the commuters to push their way on the train, while the door was closing by forcing it open with their limbs or possessions.

“You want to have a reliable throughput. We want you,” Andy Byford, the MTA metro chief, said. “You have a role to play.”

Under the new policy, directors were told “to open doors wide enough for the riders to withdraw—not wide enough for them to board,” the Wall Street Journal reported.

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The MTA said that they wanted to platform controllers to use whistles at the subway’s busiest stations to get people in and out faster.

“It’s not really interesting, if you ask me,” a platform controller told the Wall Street Journal.

The controller said people were friendly “if they think that you are watching them.”

“People behave a little nicer when they think you are watching them,” the controller said. “It is as if you shame them, almost.”

Some subway riders told the Wall Street Journal they fought their way to the train in the fear that another would not show up for a while.

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“You have to fight for your place,” Radek Juriga, a commuter, said.

Jose Yax said that if he is late to work his boss pulls his to pay.

In May, New York City Transit announced a plan for a reorganization of the bus and beleagured metro system, FOX 5 New York reported. The plan was scheduled to wrap up in 10 years and would improve the signal systems and upgrade subways and buses.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

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