We have silly mayors here in Canada too - Vancouver's mayor wanted to ban the use of natural gas in new building in the city by 2030 as his battle against greenhouse gases:
Mind you he is retiring from the mayoralty this year so perhaps that project will fall by the wayside after the fall city elections. He is no relation fortunately, even though we share the same last name.
Why would the subway system collapse? It's electric-powered after all. All US infra-structure seems to be suffering from inadequate maintenance, but t he NY subways don't seem to have collapsed recently, although the New Yorke r recently imagined the subways cars being supplanted by a tidal wave of ra ts...
California got rid of the Los Angles light rail system in the 1930's (thoug h the process wasn't complete until 1963) but they've put in new ones since then. The Bay Area Rapid Transit wasn't as good as had been hoped, but the Los Angles system seems to be coming along.
Maybe John Larkin is suffering from mass-transit-envy.
Because the subway will be servicing the load otherwise supplied some other way.
Just like natural gas prices went up when they started using more of it for transportation. Demand went down. The money moved. Business much ?
They are looking at some serious work to get that system up to snuff. First of all it is very old, surely it has regular electric connectors, not elec tromagnetic or any of that newfangled what not. Old school rules - put twic e the kilometers on it and you get twice the wear.
And some people in other countries think that what works for them will work for us. Well it won't. First of all you can probably not even imagine the state of disrepair in the system. This is due to decades of neglect.
Plus the government probably has some sort of rehab code that mandates upda tes. Oh yummy. The city or state, forgot which, got an unfunded mandate fro m the feds to make all their street signs conform to a certain font.
So next we see a surcharge on city income tax, and a small fee to appear on the subway tickets. Perhaps a more "profitable" rate structure.