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Last Subway: The Long Wait for the Next Train in New York City

Philip Mark Plotch


This book is the fascinating and dramatic story behind New York City's struggle to build a new subway line under Second Avenue and improve transit services all across the city. The book reveals why the city's subway system, once the best in the world, is now too often unreliable, overcrowded, and uncomfortable. It explains how a series of uninformed and self-serving elected officials have fostered false expectations about the city's ability to adequately maintain and significantly expand its transit system. Since the 1920s, New Yorkers have been promised a Second Avenue subway. When the first ... More

Keywords: New York City, subway system, transit system, Second Avenue subway, Manhattan, political gridlock, subways

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780801453663
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801453663.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Mark Plotch, author
Saint Peter's University