Transit's No Good, Very Bad Day

Transit commuters in New York and Washington, D.C. were understandably frustrated yesterday. One wonders when enough will be enough, and what happens then?
June 28, 2017, 10am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"At least 37 people were injured Tuesday morning in a subway train derailment in Manhattan," report Paul Berger, Zolan Kanno-Youngs, and Melanie Grayve West for The Wall Street Journal.

"The derailment occurred after the morning rush hour around 9:40 a.m. on an A train traveling between 135th Street and 125th Street stations in Harlem," causing "crippling delays throughout the city’s subway system, affecting at least the A, B, C, D, E and F lines."

The political fallout took a surprising turn throughout the day, as both New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo kept the derailment at arm's length—their absence was conspicuous enough to warrant news coverage by Jillian Jorgensen and Aaron Holmes for the New York Daily News. Cuomo and de Blasio are currently in a well documented scrap over control of the MTA—for all the background on that ongoing controversy, start with an article by Amy Plitt that links to a lot more resources on the subject.

Meanwhile in Washington, D.C., there was no derailment to report, but the Red Line ran on a single track for much of the day, and the delays were prodigious. Dana Hedgpeth documented the drama in real time, gathering reactions to the snarled commute from social media and updating the story with reports from Metrorail.

Tuesday's was the second nightmarish transit commute in three weekdays, after two "arcing" incidents on Friday "clobbered" the morning commute. Martine Powers and Rachel Siegel provided reactions to those events by posing a question on the minds of many D.C.-area commuters: what exactly had the year-long maintenance program going by the name SafeTrack accomplished, and would the system's scheduled fare increases (going into effect today, June 25) and reduced services be a death knell for ridership.

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Published on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in The Wall Street Journal
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