With the ceiling collapse at the West 181st Street subway station causing diversions and delays on the 1 line north of 168th Street at least through the weekend, concerns and complaints about the MTA's slowness to fix anything have increased. Mayor Bloomberg said, "It just goes to show the MTA has for decades underfunded what they needed to do to not just expand, but to maintain our stations," while a student said, "[The MTA] needs to improve. I don't want to waste the money getting up to school, especially considering the danger."

Luckily no one was hurt by the debris falling from the ceiling. The MTA pointed out in a press release, "Despite claims to the contrary, NYC Transit is keenly aware that the ceiling was in need of repair and restoration." The timeline/problem: The funding for the ceiling repair was proposed in 2008; a master plan for the repairs was completed in April; design started in June; and funding was approved this past Friday.

Also, depressing stat #1: The from the NY Times, which also mentions that Bloomberg's priority has been the 7 line extension, not existing subway maintenance, reports, "In the mid-1980s, the city contributed about $200 million annually, said Gene Russianoff, the staff lawyer for the Straphangers Campaign. In recent years, the city’s contribution has dropped to $75 million. Since the buying power of the dollar has eroded over the last 20 years, that means the city today is contributing only about 20 cents for every dollar it gave during the 1980s."

Depressing stat #2: The Post notes that a number of other subway stations with bad water leakage—and those stations aren't scheduled to undergo repairs. NYC Transit says water leakage doesn't necessarily mean ceiling issues and says ceilings were recently inspected.