As the MTA deals with the fallout from its response to last week’s blizzard — the Daily News would like the authority to overreact to even just a slight threat of snow — lawsuits over stalled trains were all but inevitable. Now, we learn that Aymen Aboushi of the Aboushi Law Firm is looking for plaintiffs who were stuck on the stranded A train want to join a suit against the authority.
Aboushi says that seven passengers are willing to join him in filing a suit, and he hopes to court more. He’s seeking, according to amNew York, an “unspecified amount of money” and “will demand the MTA create guidelines for what to do if passengers are left on a train for more than three hours.” How altruistic of him. “No one’s trying to get rich off this,” the lawyer said to the News recently. “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 stranded A train was the victim of a perfect storm last week. Stuck in between the Aqueduct stop and Howard Beach when the snow knocked out power to the third rail, the train could not be rescued, and passengers were stuck in the cold for six to eight hours. While Aboushi claims those stranded were left without heat, the MTA says the passengers were brought into two heated cars. Still, the lawyer wants an accounting. “The MTA,” he said, “didn’t offer these people so much as a MetroCard.”