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Breakdowns occurred an average of every 6,200 miles; down from 15,000 in the mid-seventies, also not a figure to be proud of.Signage was very poor, or unreadable due to the graffiti.and the threat of a fare increase was raised to pay for it. The 1980s could be summarized as the "Jekyll and Hyde" period of the New York Subway System.As the decade began, it had the filthiest trains, the craziest graffiti, the noisiest wheels, and the weirdest passengers.Reconstruction work at the major yards at 207th Street and Coney Island began.Contracts valued at 0 million for track, switch and signal work were awarded.The South Shore’s first public high school was opened in Rockville Centre in 1892.
Ravitch laid the groundwork for the system's turnaround, but would retire in 1984, just as the fruits of his work were appearing on the vine.
David Gunn took over as TA president and Richard Kiley took over as MTA Chairman after Ravitch retired from the MTA in 1984.
While they may have received the most accolades for improving the subway so much in the late 1980s, it was Ravitch who started the capital improvement programs and got the funding to turn the poor state of affairs around.
By the end of the decade, it had cleaner trains, no graffiti, quieter wheels -- and the weirdest passengers. ) In the 1980s, things got worse before they got better.
Decades of deferred maintenance, going back to Subway Unification in 1940, finally caught up with the system.