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New York's Subway Announcements Go Gender Neutral

MTA is instructing staff not to say “ladies and gentlemen” anymore, preferring “passengers” or “riders” instead.
Passengers ride the L train during a morning commute.
Passengers ride the L train during a morning commute. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

New York’s subway system is getting a gender-inclusive upgrade.

The city’s Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA) recently instructed its staff to replace the phrase “ladies and gentleman” in all announcements with gender-inclusive language, like “passengers,” “riders,” or “everyone.” As local news source PIX11 reports, the change applies to bus drivers and subway conductors alike, and the city will be updating recorded messages that contain the outdated language.