#6traingate

June 3, 2014

It’s somewhat mind boggling to me each time I take the “green line” in the Manhattan Subway System these days that more people don’t see disgruntled or aware of the service cuts on the East side of Manhattan.

I am operating only circumstantial evidence at this point but it does seem abundantly clear to me that the MTA has made major service cuts both by way of a decline in trains running and by way if a spike in delays and hold ups.

Last year even late into December when Bloomberg was still Mayor of NYC I could leave my office any hour of the night and never have to wait more than 2-5 minutes for a “green-line” train. Today that wait time has jumped to no less than 5 minutes and often is as much as 15-20.

Additionally during peak hours the trains are less frequent and even more overcrowded than they were.

I have not seen much written to acknowledge this change other than a well written Huffington Post article about a month ago. Does anyone else feel it?

I’m wondering if any other New Yorkers are experiencing the device cuts on the 4, 5 and 6 trains. I also wonder what the root of it is.

I have my conspiracy theories but in the wake of #snowplowgate in January when Mayor DiBlasio was accused of intentionally neglecting the Upper East Side in our first (and subsequent) snowstorms I began to wonder if his disdain for the Upper East Side – which is home to one of the city’s wealthiest zip codes and now houses a significant portion of Manhattans finance industry – is spilling over to his management of the MTA.

Ironically poor service on the Upper East Side trains doesn’t directly affect the wealthy in Manhattan. Instead it affects the ordinary everyday hard working folks some of which may be domestic help but many of which are students, medical workers and the regular “joes” that DiBlasios extreme-left leaning circle pro-ports to support.

Any half witted mayor would realize that a vibrant, efficient and effective subway is not only a benefit to the 99%, but in fact with today’s congestion, its instrumental in the 5 borough economy – which despite his disdain is still heavily dependent on tax revenues from Manhattan businesses and residents.

If you want to attack the 1% or even the 0.1% it would make a lot more economic sense to tax the TLC to benefit the MTA.

Bloomberg was a lot of things to a lot of people but it’s hard to find two people who won’t agree the city is better today then before he took office.

I have yet to find two people from any socio-economic background who feels
that DiBlasio is doing a good job. Of course I don’t personally know any if his crony-appointees.

Bloomberg was a technocrat. At times he did try too hard to push his own agenda, a hard task in NYC. That said his own agenda generally came from a moral-social center with significant care and respect for EVERYONE’s health and well-being. I did not ever meet him or interact with his administration but the effectiveness of his leadership makes me believe that he cared less about who did what as long as things got done in a thoughtful and efficient manner. He took nothing from this city and gave everything. Even the Mayor Bloomberg coverage of storms was instructive and informational as opposed to chummy and conversational.

People choose to live in New York for many reasons and our “community” is among the most diverse on the planet. There are few issues all New Yorkers will agree passionately about, and efficient and consistent subway service is one of them.

As a side note I’ve also felt an alarming sense of discomfort for personal safety traveling later in the evenings on weekdays. I often work late and I’ve noticed a significant drop in ridership the later I travel. Has anyone else sensed this?

As a kid who grew up on the streets of Manhattan in the 1970’s I know we’re not far from a repeat of the crime and mismanagement that most would prefer to never experience.

The subway is the last thing you want to crumble in this town. It’s the lifeblood of commerce and well populated efficiently-run system is the cornerstone that keeps the crime rate down.

Keep your eyes out for increased graffiti. It’s the first warning sign that something is wrong in our subways. After graffiti the middleman it’s will increase in quantity and severity. Debauchery takes the elevator down, a safe and secure city is a slow ride up a long escalator.

New Yorkers need to stand up for what is not working even when it feels like most things are. We elect technocrats in times of crisis. We elect warm and fuzzy leaders when times are good. Not always but often the beneficiaries of technocratic leadership have no understanding or appreciation for why the thing that work well actually do.

If you have felt or sensed anything related to #6traingate let me know!

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