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In the second half of the 1980s, the subways shone brighter, literally.
New stainless steel subway cars, the R-62(A)s for the IRT and the R-68(A)s for the BMT/IND Divisions, began running.
By 1929, Rockville Center was considered among Long Island’s leading financial centers.
In the first half of the 1980s, service, infrastructure and crime were abysmal.
There was no preventative maintenance - components were fixed as they failed - which was often.
Subway station renovation would start late due to disagreements on making stations accessible to the handicapped, but the renovations did get going.
Ravitch laid the groundwork for the system's turnaround, but would retire in 1984, just as the fruits of his work were appearing on the vine.