After negotiating with the unions, rewriting job descriptions, negotiating contracts, hiring more managers, making managers accountable for the performance of their units, acquiring funds, instituting maintenance programs to handle defective tracks and subway cars, the removal of graffiti from cars after each full run, and dealing with the politicians, the New York City subway system is beginning to turn from a system where ridership dropped from 2 billion annual passengers in the 1940s to under 1 billion by 1983. The financial wizardry of Richard Ravitch is credited with having the funds available so that the managerial expertise of David Gunn could go to work to reorganize the poorly managed and maintained subway system without being strapped financially from the outset. Ridership is on the increase, three-fourths of the 6,200 subway cars are new or overhauled with 94 percent of these air-conditioned, serious derailments have been eliminated and graffiti is non-existent. Through it all, the public was kept informed of the efforts in order to win back riders. Details of the efforts involved are given.

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    Forbes Incorporated

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  • Authors:
    • Akst, D
  • Publication Date: 1990-5-28

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: 4 p.
  • Serial:
    • Forbes
    • Publisher: Forbes Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0015-6914

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00496848
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1990 12:00AM