Atlantic's In Depth Article on the Dilapidated New York City Subway System

Why New York Subway Lines Are Missing Countdown Clocks
Why New York Subway Lines Are Missing Countdown Clocks
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For a recent article in The Atlantic entitled Why New York Subway Lines Are Missing Countdown Clocks, author James Somers sought out to write a small article answering that simple question.

“I honestly just wanted to know why the F train didn’t have clocks. I never expected it to be so complicated.”

What he found was a complex system of old mechanical switches, decaying infrastructure, bureaucratic nightmares and software snafus. They can all be fixed by a system called CBTC which currently only exists on the L line, but there are several roadblocks to getting it implemented system wide.

Check out the fascinating article for a great read on the NYC Subway system, what makes it work (or not), and the way forward out of all this mess.

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

Editor in Chief

Matt enjoys exploring the City's food scene with his Wife and the outdoors with their dog. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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