New York City’s Iconic Subway Is Off the Rails
Can they mind the gap? A colossal engineering feat, the New York City subway helped turn ordinary intersections into Wall Street and Times Square during its 113 years of service. Now its daily ridership rivals Chicago’s entire population, but it’s falling apart, with trains regularly stuck in tunnels, derailed or avoiding track fires. And it’s slower than in 1950, militating for a major makeover. But that’s expected to exceed $100 billion — what some cities spend on new systems — and would require reluctant state taxpayers to pay the fare.