Train announcements will now be gender-neutral — and more customizable

If there’s one thing New Yorkers can count on, it’s that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), our subway and bus system, is always full of surprises. This time, however, it’s a pleasant one. The MTA will be nixing “ladies and gentlemen” from its announcements in favor of gender-neutral phrasing.

Local news station PIX11 reports that a memo was sent to transit staff this week notifying them of the effective-immediately change. MTA train conductors and bus drivers have been told to use “passengers,” riders,” and “everyone” when communicating train delays and other announcements. Already-recorded announcements will be updated, as well.

That’s not all, folks. Apparently, as part of the NYC Subway Action Plan, conductors will soon be offered the option of verbally detailing landmarks at certain subway stops and will explain delays in more personalized real time. I, for one, am excited to see the custom spin conductors add to their announcements and can only hope this means more rapping subway conductors!

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