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C line, New York City was just about to give up on you, no thanks to the MTA. The MTA, whose initial estimations of C line repairs were 3-5 years basically made commuter C red, announced last night that revised repairs will really take to 3-9 months. Meaning the C line could even be up and running by the end of the year, and the A and C should be at 80% in three months. Now, Gothamist has experience in CYA (cover your ass) tactics, but, clearly, the MTA is in a league of its own. We don't know what you've been smoking, or maybe you realized that you couldn't take any graft this time around and instead decided to get this mess fixed soon.

While repaired A and C lines are good news, Gothamist started to become alarmed when we read this description from Newsday:

In its place will be an interim, jury-rigged signal system that allows trains to pass without relying on the room, but limits the movement of trains -- even in times of emergencies, officials conceded.

2005_01_clinemap.jpgTo speed service restoration, officials said they would scrounge up spare parts found throughout the system and work around the clock. This helped officials conclude that restoring limited service would not be as time-consuming as earlier predicted.

Jury-rigged signal system? Scrounging up spare parts? MTA, don't try to make us feel confident or anything! What's interesting about the project is that "only two companies in the world are capable of completing" the repairs: Alstom Signaling Inc. and Union Switch and Signal, and the NY Times has a story about the 50 year-old signals and the companies that supply 'em.

And here are two of our favorite quotes about the subway mess of late:
- "It's just mad delays all morning."
- "Obviously everything of value that can be damaged by fire in a subway should be fireproof, and that's common sense."