New York

Hoverboards banned on NYC transit system

The MTA has banned hoverboards from the New York City transit system for safety reasons.

Transit officials announced Wednesday that riders will not be allowed to bring the two-wheeled motorized devices on buses, subway platforms and trains, the Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad and the Staten Island Railway.

Officials say the ban is being issued because the lithium battery devices are a fire risk. MTA board Vice Chairman Fernando Ferrer says, "Certainly, you don't want anything like that in a crowded subway car."

The MTA will launch an ad campaign reminding riders of the ban.