Thanks. I was sitting at my desk musing about how "the decider" had become "the commuter," and "Charley on the MTA" was the only song about commuting that came to mind. The 19th Century original tune (a.k.a. "The Ship That Never Returned") was written c. 1865 by Henry Clay Work, who also wrote "My Grandfather's Clock," and "Marching Through Georgia."
I'll give the pun a try.
If you go to the Kingston Trio home page, scroll down and click on the Jukebox (lower right), you'll find a live early '60s performance of the MTA song. A 1925 recording of "Wreck of the Old 97" is at the fascinating site here . And thanks again.
Jim Lad and van lingle --
Thanks for the compliments.