Can't take the train to the job, there's a strike at the station
The most famous city transit strike was in 1966, well before this song was recorded, but New York City was basically bankrupt for the next two decades thanks to the generous settlement future Mayor John Lindsey—at this point he hadn’t even taken office yet, kind of like Barack Obama during the bailout—arranged the transit workers' union to end the strike
There was also a transit strike in 1980, not long before this song was recorded
This line also recalls the then-current NY TV commercials urging people to “take the train to the plane” to get to JFK airport.
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