This weekend saw the New York City area get knifed in the form of the MTA Doomsday Budget going into effect. Some of the many items of service changed was the discontinuance of the V & W train. This has caused us to once again see through modern technology that seems flat out pricey and not much of any help when placed on the subway.
Despite the fancy LCD screens and stop strips that the newer R160 trains in service have, tourists and those who are subway ignorant cannot seem to grasp where a train is going and are still as lost as ever — something that they used to get by doing without the added cost of two of these things per car.
But what’s more important about this whole thing is the fact that even though the W train service was discontinued on Friday June 25, 2010, we will still be able to find W trains in service — thanks to the new LCD screens.
Yesterday afternoon (June 27, 2010) we rode an N train out in Brooklyn that was labeled an N on the outside and a W on the inside. This simply goes to show that despite all of the overpriced LCD screens and the lacking of fiduciary responsibility at the MTA, the W train will live on for the next 40 years as these new R160 trains stay in service.