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Clean, On Time and Rat-Free: 9 International Transit Systems With Lessons for New York

What smells like a “nightclub toilet,” evokes the feeling of “an underworld” and resembles a “working museum”?That would be the New York City subway, according to international readers who have experienced it.The subway runs around the clock and carries millions daily across a sprawling network. But when we asked riders of public transit around the world how their systems compare, New York’s scored worse than most on several measures. [Read New Yorkers’ stories of major subway meltdowns.]Among the enviable features they described were Moscow’s chandelier-adorned platforms, Istanbul’s plans for a 500-mile expansion and Tokyo’s friendly attendants who locate lost items. Below are some of their tales of…

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Tech We’re Using: By Subway, Bus and Uber in New York, With Twitter and Other Apps in Hand

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Emma G. Fitzsimmons, a reporter for The Times who covers New York City transit, discussed the tech she’s using.What tech tools are most important to stay on top of your beat covering New York City transportation?I take the subway to our newsroom in Times Square every day and experience the constant delays that New Yorkers love to complain about. Right now, I’m focused on what’s being done to fix the system and whether it’s working. I monitor the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s website to see if trains are running on time and…

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