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MTA Ruins Subway-Related Tardiness Excuse

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29:  Commuters wait for the subway August 29, 2011 in New York City. One day after Hurricane Irene hit New York the mass transit system, including subways and buses, began moving again in a limited capacity in time for Monday's rush hour.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

No, the MTA hasn't increased reliability, it's just launched a digital archive that allows bosses and significant others to search all service alerts issued over the past four years, potentially eliminating the old "Ugh, subway delays!" excuse (depending on the nosiness of said boss/significant other). The Daily News reports that the 58,600 searchable service alerts include subway, bus, LIRR, Metro-North, and bridge and tunnel delays. It's time to establish that you have a weakness for helping hopelessly lost tourists.

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Photo: Joe Raedle/2011 Getty Images