What Atrios said:

If we weren't ruled by the worst people in the world, there'd be an immediate an massive dontcallitastimulus relief bill about 5 minutes from being on the president's desk which would, among other things, give immense amount of money to the MTA to fix and renew the subway.

New York can't really function without the mass transit system working. I'm not sure if the Galtian Overlords who profit from that city understand that.