Abdul Alhazred wrote: ↑
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:47 pm
Cuomo had the MTA waste $30M on tunnel vanity project
Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered the cash-strapped MTA to waste as much as $30 million on his latest vanity project — retiling two city tunnels in the state’s blue-and-gold color scheme — instead of using the dough for desperately needed subway repairs, The Post has learned.
Another argument against hereditary aristocracy.
More on that New York City subway system:
They Vowed to Fix the Subway a Year Ago. On-Time Rates Are Still Terrible.
A series of meltdowns and accidents on New York City’s subway last summer led to a startling admission: The system was in crisis and in desperate need of immediate repairs.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, after declaring the subway to be in a state of emergency, promised that a rescue plan by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority would deliver results. The authority’s chairman, Joseph J. Lhota, said subway riders would see improvements “relatively quickly.”
But one year later, subway service remains in many ways the same — dismal.
Long delays continue to upend New Yorkers’ lives. Trains are still breaking down at an aggravating pace. Signal equipment dating to the Great Depression repeatedly wreaks havoc across the system, which sprawls across 665 miles of track and 472 stations — the most stations of any subway in the world. With a daily ridership of more than 5.5 million, New York’s subway is the most heavily used rail system in the country.
The authority’s own statistics are a mixed bag: They show minor progress in some areas, but no major boost in reliability, despite the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on repairs. The on-time rate for trains hovers near 65 percent on weekdays — about the same as a year ago and the lowest rate since the transit crisis of the 1970s, when graffiti, breakdowns and violence plagued the system.
“All I see is the construction, but I don’t see the extra improvement,” Chance Shealey said on a recent afternoon as he rode a D train through the Bronx.
One rider, Kyana Palmer, described the all-too-common experience of being swept up in a painful delay this month. She had taken an Uber from her home in Brooklyn to the Franklin Avenue station, hoping one of its four lines would be running to take her to work. Instead, she found hundreds of frustrated riders waiting on a sweltering platform for more than half an hour.
“You’d think people would be out protesting in the streets,” Ms. Palmer said, adding, “They’ve been doing so many changes and I’m like, ‘Is it helping?’ It’s still the same.”
Subway officials said the culprit that morning was a train with mechanical problems that happened to get stuck on a switch that is used by all four subway lines. It caused a ripple effect of delays that continued into the evening rush.
Ms. Palmer said the subway had become so erratic that she wanted to move.
Subway riders are desperate for relief. Davianny Medina recently got stuck on a train for an hour and arrived late to her job at the salad shop Sweetgreen. Like many New Yorkers who have been forced to alter their schedules to account for subway failures, she said she leaves home an hour early to try to avoid being late.
“It’s extremely frustrating,” she said. “The trains should be reliable.”
But at least they're getting new tiles in pretty colors!
(To be sure, I do think that aesthetic considerations are important, but the basic infrastructure has to be the top priority.)
Not to harp on the Japanese thing, but as a regular rider of trains over here, and occasional rider of trains back in
, the difference really is huge. It's been some decades since I rode a train in NYC, so I can't really comment on the current state of that from personal experience, but last year I did ride the BART train in San Francisco when visiting my brother there, and the train seemed very old and dilapidated, and very noisy too. The BART train I was on made an awful constant screeching noise, and the shape of the tunnel seemed to amplify the noise and reflect it back into the train car. Because it got much louder in the tunnels. Much noisier than trains over here, even those that go underground. I think most trains here are relatively new, some very new, and they get replaced/refurbished on a schedule. Delays due to equipment malfunctions are relatively rare. It happens to me a few times a year.
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.