21 September 2005

the subway may suck slightly less at some point in the future

we may finally have inaccurate lcd displays a la the tube that tell us how long we ostensibly have to wait for trains to arrive. everyone knows that when it says a district line train is coming in 3 minutes, it's actually coming in 5-10, but i'm thrilled nonetheless. even if it takes something else off my list of reasons london is better than new york. (the post via gawker)

the article goes on to discuss the PA system problem, which am new york addressed today as well...pointing out that, "130 of the system's 468 stations don't have any kind of public address system at all." which is pretty pathetic if you think about it. Councilman G. Oliver Koppell (d-bx) "demanded every subway station have at least a rudimentary public address system within six months--even if it's just wiring a token clerk's microphone to speakers on the platform--to give basic information about emergencies or delays".

the am new york article really gets to the heart of the matter, though, quoting Beverly Dolinsky, exec. director of the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA: "Riders can endure a great deal if they have information".

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