The big subway systems of New York, Washington, and Boston are just getting worse and worse. Cities and states are struggling to keep up the maintenance. Commuters are getting frustrated. But the problem simply won’t be fixed without major federal investments in them. If federal transportation funding remains flat, as it surely will at best under congressional Republicans, it’s going to be a losing game for all three cities. This of course relates to the larger infrastructure disaster in the United States poisoning people in Flint and allowing bridges to collapse. But, far more important to make sure the rich pay low taxes!