This doozy of a chart was in today’s am New York:
Ahh, let’s see… where should I begin?Let’s start with the visual aspects of the chart. First of all, nobody puts 50 cents on a Metrocard. I know, this is kind of nit-picky of me, and you could technically put 50 cents on a Metrocard, but it wouldn’t get you jack squat.
Next, look at the fare hikes in 1986, 1990, and 1992. They’re shown in the form of Metrocards. Except… Metrocards didn’t exist in 1986, 1990, or 1992. Ever hear of subway tokens? No? Oh, right, you’re from some crappy little town in the Midwest and came to the city to strike it rich as a journalist for a free daily.
Finally, the fares aren’t adjusted for inflation. You know what 1986’s $1.00 fare is in 2007 dollars? $1.94. You know what 1995’s $1.50 fare is in 2007 dollars? $2.05. We’re actually paying less for the subway now than we were twelve years ago. But am New York won’t tell you that, because their reporters don’t believe it things like “research” or “backstories.”