From Los Angeles times via California rail news via Nice, France
Featured image:John Raskin, center, executive director of Riders Alliance, leads a rally demanding improvements in New York public transportation.
“Die Kitties Die!” screamed the headline in the New York Daily News when, in 2013, former Metropolitan Transportation Authority chief Joe Lhota criticized a decision to pause trains in a Brooklyn subway station to rescue a pair of kittens lost on the tracks.
These days, New York so badly needs to get the trains to run on time that Lhota, whose unfortunate anti-cat comments caused a minor scandal, has been brought back as chairman of the transit agency.
Extreme measures are in order to fix the 112-year-old subway system, and nothing — not budget cuts, political infighting, or cats — can stand in the way.
Delays have doubled over the last five years, and accidents are on the rise. A…
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