Future of New York City mass transit hinges on funding fight
The New York subway system was a gleaming symbol of American ingenuity when it opened in 1904. Now it rattles along past aging stops, controlled by cloth-insulated electrical wiring and signal devices almost as old as the tunnels themselves.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has a $29 billion modernization plan that would add high-tech control systems, replace old subway cars and buses, and expand service on North America’s largest transit system. But a dispute over who should pay for the work threatens to undermine it.