Talking MTA with Jeffrey Lewis and Streetsblog EIC Ben Fried

Derek Evers and Chris Robbins

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Illustration by Jeffrey Lewis from Manhattan.

New Yorkers have a love/hate relationship with their subway system, and a good portion of that hate is directed towards the MTA. Enduring continual fare increases, lousy service, and crowded trains make it is easy to conclude that the “World’s Greatest City” does not have a transit system to match. With billions in city, state, and federal funding at stake, the MTA’s plight is a complicated one. On the newest episode of Nothing Urgent, we try to diagnose the MTA’s problems and prescribe some solutions with Streetsblog Editor-In-Chief Ben Fried, and musician—and NYC-lifer—Jeffrey Lewis, whose newest record, Manhattan, was released October 30 2015 on Rough Trade, makes the New York Subway a recurring topic in many of his songs. Get a taste for Lewis’s album with the little ditty about the L train:

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