The gross negligence which is the MTA has been going on for decades. And there is no excuse. Years of fare increases have yielded better results not less service. The NY transit system (especially the subways) are an embarrassment. But our silence makes it possible. Rarely do NYers demand necessary changes. Additionally, there is no accountability. The State blames the city and vice versa:
That may be the only bright side after years of worsening service and a “summer of hell” for the aging subway system.
Along with delays and derailments—and the constant bickering of Governor Andrew Cuomo and and Mayor Bill de Blasio—only 65 percent of subway trains ran on time during the first five months of 2017, down from 86 percent five years ago, according to MTA figures
The system seems to be physically straining under the weight of its popularity, handling 50 percent more passengers than it did in the ’90s with barely any additions in capacity and new cars.
“The costs of postponing improvements may be even more enormous” than the inconveniences of paying for them. Sadly, that clear-eyed assessment was written in 1981, before the MTA had as much debt (it now owes $40 billion).