State Senate Candidate Andrew Gounardes Interview Part I: “I Went to the Jay-Z Concert and Waited 45 Minutes for an R Train!”

10/17/2012 9:00 AM |


[…] I went to the Jay-Z concert last weekend, and we got out about 11. And you’d think they’d have trains running from Atlantic Avenue in all directions. I waited 45 minutes for an R train. Two of them passed me by, not in service. How could you not have any R trains running? I just don’t understand it. I wrote an angry tweet to Joe Lhota, who’s the chair of the MTA. He didn’t respond. But I ended up taking the bus home, the Fifth Avenue bus. I didn’t get home until one in the morning. Why did I have to wait 45 minutes for a train not to come at all? And it wasn’t like they weren’t running, because they ran two by me that were empty, not in service. That’s why I get frustrated with the MTA.

That’s why you’re running for State Senator!
Well, it is, yeah! There’s no reason for that, right? None at all! That should never be the case. And no one else cares? I mean, unless you live… unless you’re affected by that, no one else would even care about that. They’d be, “ok, you’re complaining about trains? Ok, we all complain about train service, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.” That’s a real issue. To wait almost an hour for a train? C’mon, right? So, we’ll try, we’ll see. Golden’s on the capital review board, the MTA capital review board. I haven’t seen much improvement to the trains since he’s been on that board. We’ll see what he does with that. But we need more train and bus service.

Part two of this interview appeared the following day.

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