Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez takes swipe at NYC subway, says it’s not as good as Washington’s DC Metro


Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (Kendall Rodriguez/for New York Daily News)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took a swipe at the New York subway by stating Washington, D.C., provides better subway service — but straphangers from both cities weren’t having it.

“DC Metro is pretty good, especially when compared to the MTA lately,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in an Instagram post late Sunday night. “It’s clear they are investing in public infrastructure with modernized train cars, etc.”

The freshman congresswoman representing Queens and the Bronx quickly qualified her comments after she was bombarded with angry messages — some from Washington riders who blasted their own city’s system.

Online posters hailing from both cities pointed out many of DC Metro’s shortcomings, like the fact that it does not currently provide overnight service, there are no express trains, and riders are charged based on time of day and distance traveled.

“Lots of folks begging to differ on DC metro being better,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. "I just got here so taking the train on a Sunday without a delay or track change or 1,000 people in the car seems like a minor miracle.”

It’s unclear how often Ocasio-Cortez rides the capital’s subway. Her spokesman Corbin Trent said she rode New York’s system while she was in town over the weekend.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez received some flack for a social media post praising Washington, DC’s Metro system (left). She acknowledged those concerns in a second post on Sunday (right).

The cities’ systems make up two of the three most-used subway networks in the country, but advocates say the agencies running them aren’t doing enough to deliver reliable service to their riders.

“It’s a testament to the sorry state of these two systems that DC Metro, which has lost a fifth of its ridership in 10 years, looks appealing to a longtime NYC subway rider,” said TransitCenter spokesman Ben Fried. “It’s great to see a member of Congress riding Metro and thinking about how to improve transit in American cities.”

NYC Transit has converted the signals on two of its lines, the L and No. 7, to the higher-tech communications-based train control, and plans to upgrade the bulk of the subway over the next decade.

One area where DC Metro definitely trumps the New York subway is accessibility. All 91 one of the network’s stations are handicap-accessible, compared to just 25% of New York’s 472.

The “Notorious AOC” is no stranger to transportation issues — her much-hyped Green New Deal includes a vague provision to overhaul transportation systems in the U.S. by investing in things like zero-emission vehicles and high-speed rail.

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