What NYC’s subway can learn from Tokyo, Stockholm, and other cities

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).

LIRR restores limited service after train derailment near New Hyde Park


Another NY train accident. This is becoming routine now. But it happens because we just accept it without complaint:

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. – Crews have restored train service just in time for the Monday morning commute to one of two tracks where a train derailed over the weekend on Long Island. Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement early Monday morning. The restoration allows limited train service to resume in time for the morning rush…

There’s a ‘secondary conflict’ brewing in northern Syria that ‘could easily spin out of control’


The U.S. government has failed catastrophically in Syria largely because of it’s unwillingness to support the Kurds fully. They are more interested in appeasing the dictatorship in Turkey than stopping ISIS and bringing peace to Syria:

A power imbalance in Northern Syria could turn into a conflict rivaling the one already raging in the country.