Photo by myself on the subway platform at 14th Street, Union Square.
The subway tracks look rather clean in this photo.
Usually, there are puddles in the subway tracks, stray newspapers, bottles and the occasional rat. The rats are not as big as dogs or cats, though people joke about it. They are more like large squirrels. Or simply rats.
The yellow strip of tiles near the edge of the tracks have warning bumps on them for the visually impaired. The edge of the tracks is precarious, without gates or rails. People are mindful of the edge, and usually the platforms are not overcrowded.
I have to wonder whether the New York subway will ever be as modern as the trains in Japan, which run so well. Some Japanese stations have rails along the sides. The trains pull into the station exactly, so the doors align with the spaces between the rails.
Apologies for the grainy photo. I've been using my small camera which is good in low light, but not nearly as fantastic as my big one.
For a photo of a Japanese train from our trip to Japan last August, click here.
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