Video: The more things change…By
Check out this video released by the Transit Museum a few weeks ago. It’s a compilation of TV commercials the MTA ran in 1989 promoting its progress. At the time, the MTA was just six years into its capital program with a focus on “State of Good Repair,” and the authority wanted to tout its progress.
What’s fascinating to me is how similar the complaints are. The system has come a very long way over the last 23 years. We have new rolling stock and better technology, but when the lady in the first 30 seconds says things could be cleaner and communication could be better, especially when something isn’t working, I found myself nodding along in agreement. Anyway, it’s a neat little trip back in time, if only for the fashion, hair styles and clips of late 1980s subway cars.