From the NY Post:
The MTA botched its inspections of the yellow strips that run along the edges of subway platforms -- placing straphangers at risk of falling onto the tracks, the agency's Inspector General Barry Kluger warned yesterday.
The investigation revealed visibly deteriorating yellow bars -- called rubbing boards -- at 23 of 27 stations last year that MTA workers classified as being safe, he said in a scathing, 17-page report.
Also, the agency is so backlogged on fixing the defective boards that the deadline for completing 59 percent of the work was pushed back from August 2008 to December 2009, the report said. "This is a safety concern," Kluger said. "While it appears that [New York City Transit] has a program to keep the boards in good repair, the program they had in place just simply is not working."
NYCT officials didn't dispute most of the report, Kluger said.