But in the summer of 2017, rats are competing with a ballooning number of alternative potential torments for commuters (the term is used optimistically) who venture into the city’s aging underground.
If the system breaks down, one of the last claims to populist credibility for a city that boasts more and more $100m homes and fewer and fewer starving artists will crumble with it.
The governor blames the city mayor for political dickering; the mayor blames the governor.
As a result, on-time performance is down for every single line in the subway system, with incidents of delay climbing, according to the agency, from 28,000 a month in 2012 to more than 70,000 a month now.
Money is only part of the problem, and not the heart of it: To get real results, the governor needs to insist on accountability and strong MTA leadership.” Even if their sanities do survive the summer of hell, New York commuters will not be in the clear.