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Now I know why I love the New York City subways. This is a gem from the 1970s... although truth be told, I wouldn't sing happy songs about the NYC subways of the 1970s.

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Subway

We see a Hip Dude, dressed in sunglasses with a striped shirt and scarf around his neck, standing beside a sign that reads, "Uptown SUBWAY Downtown". An Old Lady comes running onto the scene, knocking into him.

Old Lady: Excuse Me.

Hip Dude: Watch it, lady!

Old Lady: Pardon me, sonny!

(music plays a little louder now as he sings to the camera)

Hip Dude: Down below the street
Can you dig the steady beat?
It's the subway

All: Subway!

Bert: Moving right along
Hear the rhythm loud and strong
It's the subway

All: Subway!

Man With Mustache: 'Cause there isn't any room in this town

Prairie Dawn: They put all the trains down under the ground

Cop: Buy a token now
For a ride that's super-wow
On the subway

All: Subway!

(scene changes to inside the subway train as they all cram in, Bert's hanging onto a strap)

All: (talking at once)

Bert: Uh, excuse me...

Lady in Fur: You should say you're sorry!

Bert: Hi, Kermit.

Man With Mustache: Squeeze inside the door

Little Boy: There's no room for any more

Both: On the subway

All: Subway!

Hip Dude: Hang onto the strap

Lady: Wonder where they hid the map?

Both: On the subway

All: Subway!

Prairie Dawn: If you’re in a hurry take the express

Kermit: It will go right by your local address

Red-Haired Man With Mustache: Swaying to and fro
It's the only way to go
On the subway

All: Subway!
 

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1970 Fare raised to 30 cents.

1972 Fare raised to 35 cents.

1975 Fare raised to fifty cents.

1980 Fare raised to sixty cents.

1981 Fare raised to seventy-five cents.

1986 Fare is raised to $1.

1992 On October 30, Transit begins to install the first Automated Fare Collection (AFC) turnstiles. Fare is raised to $1.25.

1995 On November 12, Subway and local bus fare becomes $1.50. A "Five Borough," token replaces the "bulls-eye" design.

1996 System begins accepting the electronic Metrocard.

2003 It was the death of an icon as New York City's subways and buses stop accepting tokens, as the MTA hikes fares by 33% from $1.50 to $2.00. It is the largest increase in city history.

All this info from http://www.subwaywebnews.com/history.htm
 
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