Updated 12/27/2011 05:22 PM
Straphangers Stranded In December Blizzard File Suit
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A group of passengers is suing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority one year after they were stranded on an A train in Queens during the post-Christmas blizzard.
About 25 people trapped for eight hours on the A train are named as plaintiffs in the suit.
They say they were left without heat, water or food when the train got stuck in several feet of snow between Aqueduct and Rockaway Boulevard.
New York City Transit President Thomas Prendergast told the City Council earlier this month MTA officials "forgot" about the train.
The straphangers' lawyer, Aymen Aboushi, told NY1 some of his clients got sick from being stranded and a class action suit could also be filed against the city.
He said the most important thing is to make sure this never happens again.
"We're asking the MTA to develop a policy for a situation like this, they would respond with blankets, with water, some sort of first aid for the people who were stuck on the train," Aboushi said. "Don't forget, this was a train that was above ground and accessible to the MTA. It was at a platform. The MTA just refused to get there."
The MTA says it has implemented changes to improve performance in future storms, and has spent more than $5 million to upgrade its snow removal equipment.
The agency says it also created protocols to suspend service in harsh conditions and assigning a rider advocate to ensure the safety and comfort of the passengers.