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The Awful Decline of the New York City Subway System

The aging infrastructure was already terrible. Overcrowding made things much, much worse.
Source: Brendan McDermid / Reuters

Okay, what the hell happened to the New York subway?

It wasn’t so long ago that New Yorkers could smugly look to cities like Boston (Aww, what a darling toy train!) and Washington (Six whole lines? Adorable!) and appreciate the scope and reliability of their underground transit system.

But between fare hikes, overcrowding, frequent breakdowns, mechanical failures, signal gaps, janky cars, and rickety tracks, New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is facing millions of angry

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