A Manhattan lawyer for straphangers stranded on the A train during the post-Christmas blizzard is planning to file suit this week against the MTA, blasting the agency for not having a policy to deal with trapped passengers during a major storm.
“They could have handed up water, or snacks, or blankets,” said Aymen Aboushi, who said he so far represents 20 riders. “They dropped the ball on many levels.”
Besides seeking an unspecified amount of money, Aboushi said he will demand the MTA create guidelines for what to do if passengers are left on a train for more than three hours.
Some of the 500 riders stuck in the train overnight in Queens during the Dec. 26 blizzard were forced to urinate between cars and huddle together to keep warm during the 7-hour ordeal, Aboushi said. One passenger even vomited, he said.
MTA spokesman Charles Seaton said the agency’s policy is to evacuate passengers within an hour, but a rescue train stalled in the snow drifts.
“Passengers were made as comfortable as possible,” Seaton said. “They were taken into two cars with heat and light.”
Aboushi has set up a web site — www.stuckonthesubway.com — for A train riders who want to join the lawsuit.