As a fan of the NYC subway system it's tough to imagine how the city is functioning with all their transit workers on strike. However, it's leading some to ask the very reasonable question about what it would take to automate the subway system in New York. It's not a new question. In fact, earlier this year, NYC Transit opened up one automated line and have suggested that over the next twenty years or so, they expect to automate the entire system. Automated systems aren't that rare, as the articles note. Here in San Francisco, the BART system is apparently automated. The difficulty appears to be less in building an automated train system, but in retrofitting such a large, old and complex system as the massive NYC subway system. Still, after a day or two of no subways at all, it's not difficult to see plenty of people scrambling for ways to speed up that conversion process.
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