Commutes: Back to the Bad Days of the 1970’s?

If you’ve been thinking the subway is getting worse, you’re right. Three times in the last week, problems have stranded thousands of subway riders. Since 2012, There’s been a 332% increase in subway delays, according to the MTA’s own data. This comes on the heels of a big New York Times report about the aging subway system. Meanwhile, LIRR had third straight day of evening rush hour train delays due to issues at Penn Station.

Activists say we’re fast approaching a redux of the 1970’s, New York’s nadir. Then, trains regularly broke down due to lack of maintenance, and New Yorkers fled the city. Of course, then and now, everything comes back to money. Thanks to Gov. Cuomo and his predecessors, the MTA doesn’t have the money to make repairs or replace outdated technology.

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More problems at Penn Station

Why Penn Station is a Mess

With the ongoing problems at Penn Station, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is involved in a lot of finger-pointing. He’s telling Amtrak: “Fix it. Do your job.” Amtrak says they will make repairs, shutting down two tracks at a time (out of 21 tracks at Penn Station) for most of the summer. That means fewer trains, more crowding, and more delays.

However, the New York Times reports that Cuomo hid alternative plans to redo Penn Station, instead preferring alternative plans that involve mostly cosmetic changes which help only a small portion of commuters.

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Big News for Little Kids and Other Political Happenings

New York City politics is busy this week. De Blasio proposed a new budget and declared a goal of providing free, universal preschool for three-year-olds. Meanwhile, the opposition takes shape as Bo Dietl seeks permission to run as a Republican and a new Republican enters the race for Mayor.

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Big News for Little Kids: Mayor de Blasio Announces 3-K Preschool for Three-Year Olds

Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio doubled-down on his widely-praised Pre-K for all, announcing the launch of a new 3-K Preschool program for three-year-olds.

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