The NYC Sub­ways

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Soon af­ter the Metropoli­tan Trans­porta­tion Author­ity took over the subway sys­tem from the NYC Tran­sit Author­ity, in 1968, the city en­tered a fis­cal cri­sis. Crime and van­dal­ism in­creased, subway lines fre­quently broke down and user ser­vice de­creased. By the late 1970s, 327 mil­lion pas­sen­gers had stopped us­ing the subway. Some pre­dicted that if the rate of de­cline con­tin­ued, there would be no pas­sen­gers left by 2002. En­ter a new era. In 1985, the MTA Arts & De­sign pro­gram was launched to in­stall per­ma­nent art­works in sta­tions. Then, in 1993, Ru­dolph Gi­u­liani be­came the 107th mayor of the city, bring­ing with him a “zero tol­er­ance“pol­icy. Subway crime dropped, and ren­o­va­tions be­gun in the late 1980s re­versed rid­er­ship trends. To­day, rid­ing the sub­ways is a clean, safe and aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, from Colum­bus Cir­cle (left) to W. 81st Street (cen­ter) to Mott Av­enue in Far Rock­away, Queens (right).

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