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vanshnookenraggen

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If you're going to post this you may as well explain WHY they are doing it. The homeless on the subways has been a growing problem for all of our current mayors tenure. Just another issue he made himself blissfully ignorant of. Now with no one riding the subways they homeless, many mentally unstable, have taken over and leave the cars trashed and soiled. This shut down is being done to clean the cars but also as a way to save money. Apparently only 10,000 people are riding the subways 1am-5am these days which means it would be cheaper to buy them all cabs. It didn't have to be this way, one more massive failure by our city and state leaders.
 

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If you're going to post this you may as well explain WHY they are doing it. The homeless on the subways has been a growing problem for all of our current mayors tenure. Just another issue he made himself blissfully ignorant of. Now with no one riding the subways they homeless, many mentally unstable, have taken over and leave the cars trashed and soiled. This shut down is being done to clean the cars but also as a way to save money. Apparently only 10,000 people are riding the subways 1am-5am these days which means it would be cheaper to buy them all cabs. It didn't have to be this way, one more massive failure by our city and state leaders.
Lets be honest. This happened because the Daily Mail ran front page photos three days in a row. Thats the only reason anything was done.
 

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Hard to compare to any other US system as it's dwarfs all others.

NYC Metro is great in terms of accessibility (at least in Manhattan and Brooklyn). Rush hours trains (similar to any major metro) can be completely packed and face delays. Crowding is definitely more so than we are used to in Boston.

In terms of cleanliness, I would say 4/5/6 is one of the cleaner lines/cars. Some of the older trains, stations can be gross, though not that different than some of the MBTA stations. But there are many more riders than other cities/networks. Subway runs 24 hours and is mostly safe, even at 3am.

Uber is doing a number to the supremacy of the yellow cabs in NY. While ubitquitous, their business is plummeting. Likely similar to cab trends in Boston, SF, etc.

Of course, I think London and Paris are far superior to NYC metro in all regards, but that's a different debate/tangent.
London tube is roughly as massive as NYC Subway, but way more confusing to figure out with all their weird branches. NYC is much easier to figure out once you get the hang of it. Itself a feat given how big the system is.
 

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The craziest thing about the subway shutdown is stated in the second to last paragraph of this Gothamist article, "...Because transit workers still need to access the system at all hours — and since there’s not enough space in the rail yard to hold all of the cars, anyway — the trains will continue on their late night schedules, rumbling through the city while they sit all but empty, waiting to be cleaned."

so the trains are still running, empty. They just dont want the homeless allowed in them anymore.
 

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