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The MTA is standing by its policy allowing train operators to cover their windows.This follows NBC 4 New York's broadcast of a video a passenger made of a train operator reading a newspaper instead of watching the tracks. Now a city lawmaker is blasting the MTA and promising hearings on the window "cover-up" policy. Chris Glorioso reports.
Days after a train engineer was suspended following being caught on camera reading a newspaper while at the controls, some windows that look into the operators' cabs have been covered up, NBC 4 New York has found.
Posters, including a "Today in New York" advertisement, were seen taped to the windows of some driving cabs on Metro-North trains Saturday.
While the MTA condemns driving while distracted, MTA officials say there is nothing wrong with covering windows.
In a statement, Metro-North said the company "does not have a policy that either prohibits or encourages train crew members from papering over or otherwise obscuring interior cab windows."
An MTA engineer who was spotted with a covered-up window declined to speak to NBC 4 New York.
Passengers, however, were more vocal about the wallpaper.
"It doesn't make sense. This kind of conduct shouldn't be allowed," said commuter Teresa Kirby.
The MTA first came under fire on Wednesday when NBC 4 New York obtained cell phone video showing an engineer reading a newspaper as he drove a rush-hour train into Grand Central.
The MTA said the behavior was "obviously not acceptable."
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