New York subway passengers, who were stranded for seven hours on the A train when the city was hit by a snowstorm on Dec. 26, are planning to sue the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).
Aymen Aboushi, a Manhattan lawyer who is representing some of those stuck on that train during last week's unexpected occurrence of widespread snowfall, is planning to sue the MTA over the incident.
No one's trying to get rich off this, New York Daily News quoted Aboushi as saying.
This is to hold the MTA accountable for what happened. We're really trying to get the MTA's attention for the average New Yorker, the lawyer said.
Aboushi hopes to sign on at least 500 passengers who were stranded between the Rockaway Blvd. and Aqueduct stations in Queens during the snowstorm and if he succeeds, he plans to serve a notice of claim with the city.
Aboushi, who rides the A train, also wants the MTA to come up with a plan to prevent this from happening again.
The lawyer has set up a website (stuckonthesubway.com) for the passengers to contact him. The response I'm getting from people is they're thoroughly frustrated with what happened and how the MTA dropped the ball, Aboushi said.
He said in the website that The train was disabled and passengers were not allowed to get off the train. Passengers were left without heat, water, or food for over 8 hours, in 15 degree weather, even though the train was above ground and the MTA had access to it.
The MTA didn't offer these people so much as a MetroCard, Aboushi said.
The MTA has not commented on the matter.
The Dec. 26 snowstorm, billed as the sixth biggest snowstorm in New York's history, left the city crippled for several days, blanketing most boroughs in 20 inches of snow.
Following the snowstorm, city and transit officials came under heavy fire for failing to keep streets clear and the subways and buses running. Federal and local prosecutors have also launched criminal investigations to probe whether city sanitation workers in Brooklyn and Queens deliberately had slacked off during and after the blizzard in retaliation to the pay cuts to the agency that the mayor had made.