Since living in America’s largest city for over three months and using its mass transit system on a daily basis, I’ve become knowledgeable of the glaring challenges of its public transit network, particularly the subway system.  Because of the large number of stations, the most of any subway system in the world, and the high patronage of its trains, the city of New York is known as having the most comprehensive mass transit capacity in the U.S.A.  Its’ convenience not only makes New York function as an economically vibrant city but draws people in droves for its ease of walking and getting around without a car.  Once a discussion of its virtues is exhausted, however, the subway system of New York is ripe for critical analysis and a dissecting of its flaws which ultimately hamstring the city that depends on it for fast and reliable transportation.

Dirty Stations

The first and last impression of the subway experience is formed by its stations.  Much has been written about the stations’ problems of litter and rodents, but the main dilemma for the stations is their overwhelming grunginess and appalling dirtiness.  With few exceptions, stations are covered in dirt and grime, with walls, floors, ceilings, and structural support columns streaked with rust and other signs of water damage.  Juxtaposed with hard, fluorescent lighting, high train noise levels, the filthy environment make the subway station experience in New York a largely unpleasant one.