photo by Bill Sweeney, via Flickr
We’ve posted some photos of nice, clean and modern subway stations in Los Angeles and elsewhere lately, so I thought it would be fun to post a counterpoint. The photo above was taken in the New York subway. Go ahead and guess the borough and the line — the answer is after the jump.
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The photo was taken in the the 7th Avenue station for the B and Q lines in Brooklyn — the station that can be used to access Park Slope and Prospect Park.
Categories: The Art of Transit
Yes the New York Subway is dirty, filled with rats and has a lot of creeps. But guess what, there are 468 stations and has great coverage of the city, and is 24 hours. The LA metro is less than 1/10th the size of that.
The art installed in Metro stations here required 1% of the budget.
To me, that was a good use of 1%.
I hope that program is continued on the Gold Line Foothill Extension, Regional Connector and Purple Line Extension.
That looks dirty and it’s probably smelly. However, it probably was a lot less expensive to build/maintain than some of our Taj Mahal stations, which often cost $200 million or more to construct.
I remember visiting NY for the first time nearly 20 years ago, and noticing stations lit by bare incandescent bulbs. Yes, nothing fancy, but good bang for their buck.
I am a big fan of Metro Rail, but it does seem to me that Metro could build more with less, if they could build stations a bit smaller and less fancy.