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The nation's subways are falling apart, but the next president might actually fix them

The nation's subways are falling apart, but the next president might actually fix them

A ball of fire that erupted on the subway tracks here Thursday injured no one but set off a chain of rush-hour delays that have become maddeningly common. Two months ago, the entire subway system shut down, with little warning because of urgent concerns for safety. Last year, a train got stuck in a smoke-filled tunnel, trapping passengers and killing one.

The meltdown in the nation's second-busiest subway system, once a model of utopian design and national aspiration, is sending a direct warning to federal lawmakers that the country's aging mass transit systems need billions of dollars in repairs, that, if unmet, pose a genuine safety threat to the...

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