I swear, there is nothing more infuriating to a New Yorker than being held captive by a mass transit system constantly on the verge of major collapse.
We here in the NYC area, millions of us, rely on the MTA subway system to get us back and forth to our places of employment every day, week, and month. In a timely manner. LOL – yeah, and I’m gonna be the next big Hollywood action star! Get to da choppa!
Yet, here I was, along with my sweat stained brethren and sisters once again left jam-packed on a subway platform to nowhere. Oh, this one was a doozy. Totally unforeseen as we descended to the underground platforms that had become as hot as Beelzebub’s anal cavity since we were just coming off a 90 degree weekend. Dammit, it’s Autumn! It’s not supposed to be this hot out. Yet, here we all were, a sweaty mass of humanity aligned shoulder to shoulder resembling fish in sardine can. ( and some people smelling like one – c’mon people use deodorant! ) Waiting. Waiting. More waiting.
Every once in a while, an announcement was made over the PA system about mechanical problems, sick passengers, broken down trains, overcrowding, a rat pooped on the tracks, blah, blah, blah. It never changes, as it’s the same old story with the MTA. As if we are living the movie “Groundhog’s Day” in real life!
I really think the MTA believes this is funny. They must be “punking” us for sure. Make this madness end already!
Now, I do understand that the subway system here is a century old, and being a 24/7, 365 days a year service, the wear and tear is immense. Yet, unbelievably, still uses an ancient signal/switches system to control train movement that is from back in the days of Babe Ruth and FDR!
Is this a recipe for disaster or what?
Yeah, yeah, the MTA raises our fares over and over. They claim record ridership year over year. Where does all the revenue really go? Perhaps, our own Governor Cuomo, who is actually supposed to be in charge of the MTA, should open his eyes and do something about this decrepit system. Instead, he gives quote fodder to the NYC media claiming the MTA is doing well, service is much better, and sees improvement. Has he even ridden the subways during morning rush lately with us “real folk”? The kind that doesn’t have a security detail emptying out a section of platform, and holding an empty subway car for his majesty, so he can take a photo-op air-conditioned ride?
To put it into perspective, I have been delayed pretty much all week no matter what train line I was on. The Q, R, W, 4, you name it. Going to work or heading home, each train filled to the gills with angry and exasperated passengers. No cushy empty train car for this guy. No smiling pearly whites grinning for the cameras. Yeah Governor Clueless, I can really see the improvements. ( rolls eyes )
Yet, there was one fun moment that came out of my commuting conundrums last week. I was featured on the Gothamist website and Twitter. They actually showed my rant that I tweeted out live from the subway platform! I was a celebrity, if for a few fleeting, sweaty, and angry moments –
— Phil Holtberg (@RegularGuyNYC) September 25, 2017