So far, the New York City MTA's "summer of hell" included a power failure that trapped train passengers in A/C-less car for two hours, a track fire that resulted in disastrous delays, and a train derailment caused by "improper maintenance." Incredibly, some passengers have even been walking the tracks to escape stalled trains. Last Tuesday, the MTA dropped its new $US800 million proposal suggesting, among other things, hiring more personnel and a pilot program of adding standing-only cars to the L train. That funding has not yet been secured.
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I'm not scared to say it: I love a good Subway sandwich. My dad used to take me to the only Subway in town after we went grocery shopping, and I remember tracking my growth based on how much of the toppings I could see over the tall counter. Now, it seems, Subway wants to ruin that experience for future generations.
Video: Seeing a train get assembled is a lot like watching someone play with LEGO bricks, only if that someone was God and the LEGO bricks were stupidly ginormous. This timelapse of a London Elizabeth line train being built out at Bombardier in Derby is especially cool because it seems like pieces and parts are just flying together.
Video: The New York City subway works, most of the time. It's not the flashiest and it's not the cleanest and it's not always on time and it can get too crowded during rush hour but you can get all over the city for $US2.75. Not the worst deal! It's also just part of the fabric of the city. Here are videos from DJ Hammers showing how the NYC subway works -- you get to see trains run through an entire line from the perspective of the first car.
London has the oldest subway system in the world: great for tourism, but sometimes not-so-great for commuters. There's all sorts of sensible plans to upgrade the city's public transport, but here's one particularly outside-the-box solution: a 24kph moving footpath, looping 27 kilometres under London. What could go wrong!
New York City's subway system is a wonder of engineering -- but sadly, that engineering is so old that it's not even manufactured anymore, causing huge problems for the people who run it and anyone trying to use it. That means the MTA has built a whole shop up around trying to maintain its ageing technology, and now they're giving us a look at this underground industry.
Manspreading -- the phenomenon where males require extra room on trains for their oversized scrotums -- has been in the news lately with several reports of men being arrested on the New York City subway for occupying more than one seat. Surely this isn't the worst offence committed on our public transportation systems?
Gregory Berg will be the first to tell you that he's insane. The New York-based photographer and urban spelunker likes climbing tall buildings and sneaking underground to photograph the parts of the subway most people never want to see. These are both crazy things to do. But the photos? They're amazing.
Picture $US4 billion worth of cash stacked up in the shape of a train station. This is pretty much what the World Trade Center Transportation Hub looks like. Except more surreal. You'd also maybe need to throw in a whole bunch of screw ups and missed deadlines, because this alien cathedral of a train station is one expensive mess.
When most people think of the subway in the 1980s, they think of scary things. A few years ago The New York Times likened the state of the city to "a house of horrors". But as a newly published set of nearly 500 photos show, New York City's underground wasn't always so horrific. It's bizarrely beautiful in all its squalor.
What do you want to be when you grow up? A baseball player? A doctor? A blogger (LOL)? How about a badass who carves caves through the Earth to improve the lives of millions in America's greatest city? That sounds pretty heroic. And, right now, hundreds of hard hat-wearing workers are tackling that grand task underneath New York.
Don't smoke in the train station. Don't spit your gum on the floor. And please don't splay your legs out like no one else is around you. These sound like basic rules of today's public transport, but they're actually messages that graced the walls of Tokyo's subway 40 years ago.