One thing I noticed in Boston, was how clean the subway stations were. And modern. And well-designed.
Most of the underground stations had signs showing when the next train would arrive. And the tracks were elevated to the same level of the platform, so there isn't the equivalent of a gutter filled with trash.
The subway here in New York suffers from constant change, methinks, due to bad management. One year the rates will be hiked, the next year there will be rumors of discounts and added subway lines. Yet for the most part, the tracks and stations look the same, that is, a mess.
I don't mind the grittiness so much. It's perplexing, though, that we compare so poorly with other major cities.
Related posts: Transit for the Masses,Finito and Tempting Fate.