Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?

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Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?

The New Yorker, 7. 9 &16.18

Some weeks later, Byford met in Times Square, at dawn, with three activists from Rise and Resist. They had offered to give him a tour of the subway from their perspective. The idea had alarmed some of his colleagues. He told me, “People at the office said, ‘They’re militants! They’re suing us!’ That’s the wrong attitude. I don’t want to call it ‘hand-wringing,’ but . . .” The meeting spot was a subway entrance on the south side of Forty-second Street. Three women appeared. April Coughlin, a SUNY New Paltz professor, was in a wheelchair. The others were Jennifer Bartlett, a poet who has cerebral palsy, and Jessica Murray, a doctoral student at The Graduate Center, CUNY. The area around the street-level elevator was immaculate and smelled of new paint. The activists sensed a setup. “I think you’re right,” Byford said.

Submitted on: JUL 16, 2018

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