Submit Your Pics of the Best and Worst of NYC’s Transit System

This gorgeous photograph of the Beverley Road subway station in full bloom, brought to our attention by Brownstoner, somehow manages to make peeling paint look beautiful. Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/flatbushnelson/5705140053/##flatbushnelson via Flickr##

We often describe the importance of transit in numbers, like the fact that 54 percent of New York City households don’t even own a car. But even the most convincing stats can get a little dry. To help capture what the subways and buses mean to a city where the transit system is the closest thing to a shared experience for eight million people, the Straphangers Campaign and Transportation Alternatives are launching a photography contest. A picture is worth a thousand words, after all.

The contest will feature two categories: the things we love about transit — only-in-New York juxtapositions, for instance, or the system’s speed and ease — and the problems that make us fed up with the MTA. The winners will be featured in an ad campaign intended to make the case for better transit, said Straphangers Campaign Coordinator Cate Contino, while photos showing specific problems, like the mysterious dripping at certain subway stations or the shuttered bus stop a community once depended on, will be sent along to the MTA in the hopes of resolving the issues.

“We know that the MTA has been forced to make some really tough choices,” said Contino, explaining the goal of the ‘bad transit scene’ category. “We want to capture these declines that we’re seeing mostly anecdotally.”

The winners will each receive a 30-day unlimited MetroCard. To enter, submit your photos at straphangers.org by June 10.

  • Anonymous

    “problems that make us fed up with the MTA”

    so we can submit photos of overpaid/underworked “public servants”?

  • Eric McClure

     I loved Aaron Naparstek’s Twitter description of flatbushnelson’s photo above:

    “Next stop, Angkor Wat.”

  • Charles_Siegel

    Isn’t it Beverley Road rather than Beverley Avenue?

  • Indeed. 

  • Mister Bad Example

    The picture of the Q stop on Beverly (part of my daily commute) pretty much sums it up– A friend visiting from Europe for the first time looked around at the decrepit state of the subways and asked, with some irritation, “Why do you Americans put up with this?”

    Having been to Europe once or twice, I’m asking myself the same question. Maybe a photo-shoot of the mess would wake us all up?

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