Read this article first.
I have been a daily MTA’s customer since the beginning of my MFA program (last September) and it has never ceased to surprise me what could go wrong on the tracks. Couple months ago, someone told me that the MTA was underfunded and I took it as a fact without further thought. I also assumed that since it’s one of the oldest subway system in the world and the majority of New Yorkers depend on it 24/7 so it was much more complicated to carry out the maintenance and improvement plans. This article showed how ignorant and lack of knowledge I was toward the situation.
The Times team did an impressive job of researching and showing the data synthesis in a compelling story-telling way. The whole system has been jeopardized by politics, wrong assumptions, personal gains, and the inability of prioritizing what needs to be done. Moreover, it seems that not many riders are aware of those root problems that have been causing their daily frustration. Once in a while, I would hear someone on the train saying, “Where did our money go?”.
This sentence really resonates with me, “New Yorkers who depend on the subways are missing court hearings, arriving late for medical appointments, losing out on jobs or being robbed of time with their children.” A fast-paced city that demands so much time from its citizens fails at providing an efficient way to do that. It’s hard for me to wrap my head around how a city could thrive while its people’s most important aspects of life are being robbed on a daily basis.