NYC Subways Will Now Have Gender-Neutral Announcements

Passengers ride in a New York City subway car

Passengers ride in a New York City subway car

New York City's subway and bus system, is nixing "ladies and gentlemen" from its regularly-scheduled announcements, and opting for gender-neural phrasing instead.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has announced it will no longer use the phrase 'ladies and gentleman'. Bus drivers and train operators are also being trained to use genderless terms like "passengers", "riders" and "everyone".

WPIX New York reports that other changes will include new station signage and improved employee training to implement the service changes.

A bulletin was sent to transit staff this week notifying them of the change, which went into effect immediately.

MTA Chairman Joe Lhota tells the Daily News that it's part of an initiative created to make announcements more informative and "cheerful".

The plan details that the MTA wants to improve communication with customers - efforts that will consist of offering "more timely" information regarding delays and construction, along with an increase of in-person announcements, as opposed to pre-recorded ones.

MTA spokesman Jon Weinstein said: 'We're fundamentally changing the way we talk with riders to give them better and clearer information'.

Some conductors may even mention a nearby landmark at certain stops.

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