RETAKING THE TRAINS
TRY, TRY AGAIN
Two new significant (and costly) strategic efforts against writing on the subways were undertaken by the Transit Authority (TA) in the early 1980s, at about the same time as Koch's “war”: a fleetwide repainting program and the construction of new security fences around every train storage yard. The fleetwide repainting began in July 1980. The outside of the trains would be coated with a paint-resistant polyurethane that would allow writing to be removed more easily. This was an expensive and long-term project, estimated to take five to six years to complete. The inside of the cars would be repainted with an inexpensive, standard (i.e., nongraffitiresistant) paint that could be applied easily and quickly, at a cost of $5.1 million. An approving New York Times editorial followed soon after this project's announcement. 1
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Publication information: Book title: Taking the Train:How Graffiti Art Became an Urban Crisis in New York City. Contributors: Joe Austin - Author. Publisher: Columbia University Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2001. Page number: 207.
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