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Our Mini-Venezuela: The New York City Subway

Written by Joe Scudder

In one of our richest cities, the New York City subway has become a third-world experience.

The New York City subway is degrading like any other socialist program. Like all such programs, when it first got started it was impressive. It made it look like the government was the provider of everyone’s basic needs. But you can’t stop economic law from operating. As a “public” entity, the subway was bound to fall into disrepair.

U.S. News reports: “Subterranean Blues: NYC Subway Breakdowns Drive Riders Nuts.

New York, New York is a wonderful town, but people riding in a hole in the ground are at their wits end over the power outages, signal problems and other breakdowns that have turned the city’s aging subway system into a horror show.

The stress of a crumbling system with more passengers than ever — 5.6 million weekly in 2016 — has caused the number of train delays to triple during the past five years, to 70,000 per month.

Numbers, though, don’t tell the story as well as videos circulating on the Internet of passengers desperately clawing at the doors of a subway car, trying to wedge it open after it crawled into a station this week.

They had been trapped for 45 minutes inside the stalled train with no lights or no ventilation and heat rising to the point that the windows fogged up, and sweltering passengers took off most of their clothes.

One wrote, “I will survive” on a steamy window.

“It started getting really, really hot. Oh my god, really hot! People started fanning themselves; the air was really thick. Any more time and people would have really freaked out. People were dripping wet,” said Samantha Mushnick, one of the trapped passengers.

“This issue has to be brought to the attention it deserves,” said another, Michael Sciaraffo. “We are a first-class city living with a third-class infrastructure.”

Read the rest of the U.S. News story.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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