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Second Avenue Subway! Delayed Again.

This is the first thing I thought of when I heard the news. Well played MTA!

This is the first thing I thought of when I heard the news. Well played MTA!

Amid seemingly yearly fare hikes, the MTA has not made friends with transit riders. Now comes news of a delay that  is infuriating for many, but expected by most. I wonder if the MTA will release a follow up ad to the above image:

“Put your head down.

Starting in 2017, the project that has been rumored for an entire generation will finally shuttle weary and beleaguered New Yorkers to relieve overcrowding on the Lexington line. Maddening but hypothetical news.

P.S. The above might not actually happen. We reserve the right to make it 2021, 2023 or sometime after. Oh, and the fare will be $6.00 by then. But look out for the two fares for $11.50 deal. Its gonna be a steal.”

I’ve always heard about how business owners on second avenue have been suffering because customers stay away from eyesore construction and have no place to park. After, I heard about this I did a little bit of reading on the mythological subway line.

This baby would be amazing and relieve a lot of stress for New Yorkers who have to pack into the 4,5,6 line.

This baby would be amazing and relieve a lot of stress for New Yorkers who have to pack into the 4,5,6 line.

The line would bring tourism to a different part of New York City, send real estate prices skyrocketing, and undoubtedly pay for itself many times over. But that seems like a pipe dream at this point. I particularly enjoyed when the MTA said it was looking like 2016 was the date for completion of Phase I, but then the Federal Transit Authority said it looks like 2017 and most likely 2018.

How ridiculous is this? Isn’t this counterintuitive in real life? We all know the person who always errs on the optimistic side but never comes through. “Yeah I’ll be there at 7pm!” But then 8:30 rolls around, and you’re stressed out and three drinks in at the bar. Why not just give an accurate time? Isn’t a little stress beforehand better than five times as much afterwards? Why wouldn’t the MTA gather some reporters and say, “Yeah, listen we messed up. We’re gonna tell you 2020 but you can write whatever date you want. A fictional date is worth nothing to New Yorkers. We’re going to work hard to get it done and maybe we’ll surprise you for once.”

That would be overdue but excellent news.

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