New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is canceling Sunday’s scheduled airport advisory vote, citing an “unanticipated” safety issue.NYC Transit, Metro, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and the New Jersey Department of Transportation are among the transit agencies canceling advisory votes.NYCTA, MTA, NJDOT, and NJDEP are the agencies that will be holding the advisory vote in Manhattan, according to a tweet from NYC Transit, which tweeted Monday morning that it would be canceling the vote due to the safety issue that has been identified.
“Due to an unanticipated safety issue we are temporarily postponing our advisory vote on Saturday to allow our engineers and staff to assess the situation and determine what further action may be required,” NYC Transit said in a tweet.NJDEP spokesperson Jessica Hitt told Gothamist that “there are a variety of factors that affect the number of votes that are cast during an advisory vote,” adding that “we will continue to monitor the situation.”
According to the NYCTA’s Twitter account, a “technical issue” is to blame for the cancellation, and that it was “not until after the advisory was canceled that any issues were identified.”
“We are working with the DOT and NYCTAs emergency management team to resolve this issue as quickly as possible,” NYCTa tweeted.NJDEP spokesman Dan Bittner told Gothamists that the “technical issues” were “due to the number and timing of the advisory votes.”
“The technical issues were not related to the advisory and the vote was canceled because of them,” Bittners added.
Bittners said that the DOT will be “removing the voting materials” from the ballot boxes that were used for the advisory voting.
“The ballot box itself is very easy to lose,” he said.
“We will be using a cardboard box for this advisory vote and the voter is going to have to bring their own ballot.”
The DOT and NJDot did not immediately respond to Gothamist’s request for comment.
The DOT, NJDEP, and NY DOT are the agency that will run the advisory, according the MTA’s Twitter.NYS Department of Aviation is holding the vote.
In a statement to Gothamists, the MTA said the vote will be held in the East Village, where the agency’s fleet of buses will be running, along with the “last remaining trains of the Northeast Regional Expressway.”
“A final vote is scheduled for the evening of Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 9:00 pm ET, the same time as the advisory,” the MTA tweeted.
“The vote will take place at a closed-door meeting at the East Tower, as part of the ongoing work to mitigate and address the effects of the winter storm.”
The MTA also said it would “continue to monitor this situation and adjust the advisory accordingly.”NYC DOT and New York State Transportation Authority spokesperson Dan Stessel confirmed to Gothamism that “any issues” with the advisory were “incidental” and that “the vote was cancelled due to them.”