Unless you’re that person who manages to sleep through any subway ride disaster only to magically awaken right before your stop, you don’t need anyone to tell you that the MTA is in trouble. Crumbling tracks, faulty signals and severe overcrowding are all obvious fault lines. Many of the rail lines themselves were laid down nearly a century ago after all.

What isn’t so clear is exactly why we haven’t been able to maintain or replace those rail lines. Our kudos go out to the New York Times for the series it’s running on “How Politics and Bad Decisions Starved New York’s Subways.” We believe you need to examine all the factors that have led to a current problem before you can come up with truly impactful ways to correct it.

While we encourage you to explore many of the related articles the Times offers on this subject, we would also appreciate it if you’d come on back and let us know your thoughts.

And if you are that person who can sleep through anything on the train – what’s your secret?