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(Axios)   Due to the coronavirus, public transit around the country is now in a death spiral. Just when it's needed most   (axios.com) divider line
    More: Obvious, Public transport, Rapid transit, Bus, Public transit systems, Rail transport, Commuter rail, mass transit, King County Metro  
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1493 clicks; posted to Main » on 09 Apr 2020 at 2:05 AM (12 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2020-04-09 2:42:50 AM  
9 votes:
I think you mean "due to cowardice and workers taking advantage of the opportunity to take a paid stay-cation" -- the NYC MTA for example has 5600 people vegging out at home while only 33 have died. The MTA has more than 50,000 employees, so 33 people dying in the area of the country progressing most quickly through infection is barely significant from a statistical level. I have never been more ashamed of my fellow countrymen until this past month.
 
2020-04-08 9:48:30 PM  
4 votes:
Why would anyone use public transpo at this time?
 
2020-04-08 5:32:12 PM  
3 votes:
Public transit will be needed when we emerge from the epidemic and everyone who lost their jobs and sold their cars just to buy food need to get back to work.
 
2020-04-09 4:29:42 AM  
2 votes:

jaylectricity: Why would public transportation be needed most right now?


That virus ain't gonna spread itself!
 
2020-04-09 3:02:12 AM  
2 votes:
stevesporn2000:

16 year old alternative opinion NounNumber account?  Color me shocked.
 
2020-04-09 2:59:34 AM  
2 votes:

stevesporn2000: I think you mean "due to cowardice and workers taking advantage of the opportunity to take a paid stay-cation" -- the NYC MTA for example has 5600 people vegging out at home while only 33 have died. The MTA has more than 50,000 employees, so 33 people dying in the area of the country progressing most quickly through infection is barely significant from a statistical level. I have never been more ashamed of my fellow countrymen until this past month.


🧐🧐🙄🙄
Eat a cock meat sandwich, comb and all.
 
2020-04-09 2:53:12 AM  
2 votes:

born_yesterday: Well there it is.


Yep - clearly this is a job for the private sector to solve, since OH THEY DID SOOOOOOO GOOD PREVENTING THIS FARKING MESS IN THE FIRST PLACE.

/farking cocksuckers
//for the rest of my life, long or short though it may be, anyone chimes up with "but the private sector, Econ 101, basic supply and demand" and they're going to be shiatting their own farking teeth
 
2020-04-09 2:18:01 AM  
2 votes:
San Francisco has eliminated all but core service bus routes, like 12 city wide. A friend who rode on a bus last week described it as a cesspool of contamination. So good riddance.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2020-04-08 10:41:52 PM  
2 votes:
After the ban of reusable bags comes the ban of mass transit.
 
2020-04-08 10:09:50 PM  
2 votes:
Why would public transportation be needed most right now?
 
2020-04-09 9:41:20 PM  
1 vote:
Oh crap, wrong tab. Been a while, so I was due again.
 
2020-04-09 7:42:54 PM  
1 vote:

lycanth: jaylectricity: Why would public transportation be needed most right now?

Public transit is a vector factory that we can't afford to keep running.


Well, get someone to un-steal my truck.
 
2020-04-09 6:30:58 PM  
1 vote:

jaylectricity: Why would public transportation be needed most right now?


Public transit is a vector factory that we can't afford to keep running.
 
2020-04-09 3:54:00 PM  
1 vote:

Straight Outta Hate: Mister Buttons: Our local bus company is giving out free rides and has been running on Saturday (reduced operation) schedules since March 23.

They only open the back bus doors to keep you away from the driver/not germing up the the the ticket machine.

I have no idea how long they can keep it going.  The last two times I rode the most passengers I saw was five people on a normally fairly crowded line.

I am not sure why the number of riders makes a difference if it is free


Honestly should be all the time.
 
2020-04-09 3:48:56 PM  
1 vote:

born_yesterday: Well there it is.


Right?  Made all the more impressive since you were born yesterday, so that had to be the dumbest thing you ever read.
 
2020-04-09 3:45:55 PM  
1 vote:

wax_on: San Francisco has eliminated all but core service bus routes, like 12 city wide. A friend who rode on a bus last week described it as a cesspool of contamination. So good riddance.


We get it, you hate people who have to work for a living because you figured out how to be a leech on society's ass renting to other people.
 
2020-04-09 3:41:07 PM  
1 vote:

MikeyFuccon: It's not just the United States. It's everywhere in the industrialized world, including Canada.

It's downright creepy, watching empty Ottawa city buses whizz by with one or two riders, if that. Berlin's U-bahn had ghost stations during the cold war. Ottawa has an entire ghost public transit network. Ridership has dropped (by OC Transpo's own reckoning) by 70 to 90 percent. (I've taken the bus only once in the last three weeks, and the subway not at all.)

The "essential" workers who have no choice but to take the bus have to board at the back because bus drivers live in fear of being coughed on by a passenger. (Two OC Transpo employees have tested positive for COVID-19--and they may not be the only ones.)

OC Transpo, like many systems worldwide, is in a quandary. Running anything like a normal service makes no financial sense, but running too few buses and trains increases the risk of transmission among passengers.


It's almost like basic transportation needs to be considered as basic infrastructure instead of a value added thing in cities.
 
2020-04-09 8:37:41 AM  
1 vote:
Public transit is one of the first things that should shut down in a pandemic or epidemic.
 
2020-04-09 7:34:16 AM  
1 vote:

LOLITROLU: fredbox: Stay cool, everybody. A brief Google search informs me that Madagascar's shipyard is still open, we have time to win this thing.

Madagascar staying open allows the virus to win.  You don't play as the humans in that game.


You're just trying to get me to post thatsthejoke.jpg to troll me, aren't you?
 
2020-04-09 7:11:58 AM  
1 vote:

fredbox: Stay cool, everybody. A brief Google search informs me that Madagascar's shipyard is still open, we have time to win this thing.


Madagascar staying open allows the virus to win.  You don't play as the humans in that game.
 
2020-04-09 6:05:30 AM  
1 vote:
My work in public transportation. Specifically rural public transportation, which is not a mass transit system but it still open to the public.

I'm one of the lucky employees where the boss is still giving me hours, though my hours have been cut by at least half.

I would say over 70% of the employees for our company are not getting hours right now, which means they aren't getting paid.   Our business has probably dropped by about 80%.

If that government check doesn't come in soon, it's going to be difficult for me to be able to feed myself.   Bad times....
 
2020-04-09 4:34:17 AM  
1 vote:
Stay cool, everybody. A brief Google search informs me that Madagascar's shipyard is still open, we have time to win this thing.
 
2020-04-09 3:49:31 AM  
1 vote:
With the 6 trillion we're spending for stimulus, we could buy everyone in the country a motorcycle.
 
2020-04-09 3:01:33 AM  
1 vote:
I really wonder about the statistics used in stories like this. 36% of essential workers rely on public transportation? Maybe in New York, but most of America doesn't have public transportation. Sounds like a big city problem. Yes, flame me.
 
2020-04-09 2:35:15 AM  
1 vote:

jaylectricity: Why would public transportation be needed most right now?


It's most needy right now.  Heavily subsidized, it's that privately owned transportation who pays for it with taxes.  And the number of private miles driven and fuel purchased is way down, and may stay down.

So yes, the pressure to soak the remaining private transit to support the public will be extreme.  You can see it in the article where they openly propose "congestion pricing schemes" for what is associated with a lack of congestion.
 
2020-04-09 2:29:12 AM  
1 vote:
Unfortunately this is something that should be expected in a virus outbreak. Which will also unfortunately lead to people not being able to travel to buy necessities if they live far from a store and don't have access to personal transport.

When we return to normal the transport will be there. The buses and trains won't go up in flames I hope.
 
2020-04-09 2:17:07 AM  
1 vote:
Make antiviral paint pens.
Give those pens to graffiti artists.

Problem solved!
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