Please swipe again

Today’s the 100th Anniversary of the subway system. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will preside over ceremonies at the City Hall stop, the newly-crowned Ms. Subway will, um, be beautiful and represent the subway, and everyone will be thankful to have such a smoothly operating system.

Not.

Because anyone riding the 6th or 8th Avenue lines last night around rush hour would have been dealing with, as I was, the usual bullshit: long waits, no trains in sight, incomprehensible loudspeaker announcements telling us (I think) to take an uptown train to the next stop and then transfer to a downtown train, immediately followed by a slightly-less-incomprehensible message telling us a train was at the next station and would arrive in less than 5 minutes. Which it never did.

The weekends are even better for outer-borough dwellers: the F has been re-routed over the C, the G is replacing the F, the R is running express Canal St. to DeKalb… I have learned my lesson and now study the posted signs every Friday, trying to figure out my route for the weekend before it’s 2am and I’m stranded at Pacific St, unable to get myself home.

I love the convenience, when it’s convenient, and I love the subway, when it actually works, but damn, 99 years and 364 days in and and it can still be a huge pain in the ass.

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