MTA: "We Forgot About" Stranded A Train Passengers During Blizzard

Straphangers were stuck on train overnight in seven-hour ordeal.

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011  |  Updated 8:44 AM EDT
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A transit official has admitted that passengers left stranded on a train for seven hours during last year's blizzard had been forgotten.     

New York City Transit President Thomas F. Prendergast testified Tuesday at a City Council hearing on winter preparedness.     

Among other things, he discussed an A train that was infamously stranded last December between the Aqueduct and Rockaway Boulevard stations.      

"We forgot about that train," Prendergast told the committee, according to The New York Times.

He added that the situation was "inexcusable.''     

Prendergast says that now, advocates will be responsible for "the care and well-being'' of stranded passengers.

He says that will be their only job.      

About 500 passengers were stuck on the A train without heat, food or water during the ordeal.

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