The deteriorating infrastructure of
our subway systems constitutes one of the worst eyesores in our
neighborhoods. The New York City Transit Authority is guilty of
dragging its feet on repairs in subway stations and we must urge
our legislators to hold the MTA accountable for their chronic and
persistent failure. Not only do these unsightly structures
depress, but the dangerous chemical droppings are a health hazard.
We deserve better.
Commuters are subject to unsafe
conditions in many of the stations. According to a recent audit,
released by Comptroller William Thompson, of 50 subway stations,
there are 144 defects, with over 69 percent not reported for
correction or repair. The report indicated that the NYC Transit
Authority is failing to repair and report defective and dangerous
conditions such as holes in station ceilings and platforms,
corroded metal, loose or warped rubbing boards and broken steps in
commuter areas at subway stations.
The report also
contains 16 recommendations to the Transit Authority, which has
announced plans to fix up what it calls the 50 most dilapidated
stations. We, the commuting public, should demand that our elected
officials hold the New York City Transit Authority accountable by
enforcing a deadline and demand emergency work on these stations.
Photo-ops will no longer suffice.
Public transportation is
the lifeblood of New York City. Every day, millions take buses and
trains to work, school, to have fun, and visit friends and
relatives. Our economy depends on it, and so does our way of life.
But today, our public transportation system is in
We need massive new investment to meet the demands
of a growing city, but city and state aid for the MTA must play
its part to meet this demand. We need a transit system that is
affordable and reliable. But without increased state and city aid,
more fare hikes are inevitable. Time after time, the MTA raises
fares, but ignores upkeep and maintenance, driving up the cost of
living and driving folks from our neighborhoods.
a serious allocation of capital funding now. Otherwise,
maintaining a reliable, affordable transit system for the future
is impossible. Time has caught up with the MTA.