Most people who get frustrated at delays caused by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority have little recourse, other than to suffer quietly.

But a federal judge in Manhattan on Wednesday was able to do much more.

The judge, Paul A. Engelmayer of Federal District Court, signaled his unhappiness at the agency's seeming lack of urgency in its response to a July ruling, in which he found it had violated the First Amendment rights of a pro-Israel group by barring it from advertising on city buses; the agency had cited the ad's demeaning language.

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