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NEW YORK CITY — A British journalist for The Gaurdian Bim Adewunmi wrote an article trashing the New York subway
, which she says was so "hellish," it made her homesick for London's Undground. Adewunmi calls out the "MTA's needlessly complex map and messy signage:
I am a city girl, born and raised across the metropolises of London and Lagos, most at ease in a crowd, especially if we are all underground, blinking into a dark tunnel and awaiting a train. Over the years I have developed the ability to decipher and absorb complex, multicoloured transit maps in mere minutes. In New York this lifetime-honed skill is rendered practically useless. Here, I become an overawed simpleton.
A Gothamist report takes Adewunmi to task for her complaints by pointing out that, 1) the subway runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while the Tube is open from 5 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday, giving more time for cleaning and maintenance; 2) the NYC subway system has about 150 more stations, prompting a somewhat more complex design (and see prior note about cleaning); and 3) the flat rate one-way fare is $2.50 (not zoned fares, with a Zone 1 fare costing about $3.60—their monthly Zone 1-3 fare is about $200).
N.Y. MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg gave the Gothamist a statement about Adewunmi's column, which said among other things: "...when she complains that the subway uses too many fonts, it seems clear that she hates our subway less than she just loves to complain."
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