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.

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