Now, sadly, the Train of Thought Program is being discontinued. The New York Times reports:
In its stead is a new promotional campaign by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that is intended to highlight recent improvements to the transit system. A spokesman for the authority said there was not enough space for both.
The loss of the literary placards, which have offered a reprieve from the usual advertising array of laser acne treatments and injury lawyers, marks the first time in 18 years that the subways will not feature a pinch of erudition. Poetry in Motion, the original verse-only series that spawned popular books and copycats in other cities, ran from 1992 to 2008, before being succeeded by the current program.
Some had criticized the selected quotes for being too gloomy. But the replacement placards, though upbeat, are hardly inspiring:
Not all literature is vanishing from the MTA, however. The “Train of Thought” series on the backs of Metrocards still offers riders a moment of poetry for the morning commute.