June 1, 2018: A Legacy of Neglect

I don’t think anyone can successfully evaluate the Fast Forward Plan, Byford’s big plan to save the subway, without a tad of historical context. There’s a reason virtually every history book about the subway stops before the MTA even comes into existence, around mid-20th Century. It’s because we didn’t build anything after that. There was a meme going around NYC Reddit circles recently, which pointed out that the entire Tokyo metro system was built (or re-built) post-WWII, a time span that has seen virtually no new mass transit construction here in New York (

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