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MTA Budget Cuts Means Old Subway Cars Staying In Service

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Commuters enter a subway train in New York City (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Commuters enter a subway train in New York City (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The oldest cars in the city’s subway system are on their last legs, but they aren’t going away any time soon.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reports

They creak and they squeak along the A and C lines and you would too if you’ve been at it for 47 years.

The retirement age for the oldest cars in the system was supposed to be 40, but thanks to MTA budget cuts, new cars aren’t coming until 2017 when the old R-32s will be 53-years-old.

They’re the ones with the charcoal grey seats and already break down three times more often than the fleet as a whole.

The MTA says to keep them running, they actually have to create 52 positions and spend $8 million a year.

Do you think the old subway cars should be replaced sooner rather than later? Sound off below in our comments section…

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