High-profile candidates make a show of riding mass transportation. Look it’s the mayor on the 5 train - he’s one of us. Did Bill Thompson just ride by on the F? He’s got my vote. It's fine, we all know how things are when campaigns start ramping up, but this is one of those issues that is constantly paid lip service but no attention.
If you’re riding mass transit in Manhattan you can pick your avenue and street in what is seemingly a four-block radius. In the outer boroughs, you may encounter that a particular region is nearly inaccessible. Or it is, but only after a bus, a train, a transfer, and another bus. And residents know that’s no exaggeration. It's highly likely that you could tack on a walk to the first bus and one more bus ride at the end of the trip. Why is this the case?
Well, it has to do with the Manhattan-centric philosophy that so many pols bring to office. People around the world hear New York City and they know that means Manhattan - Queens and Brooklyn get the short shrift. It's easy to do when there are budget deficits all around the state, but this isn’t a new problem. Transportation has always been bad in the outer boroughs.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority should add corporation to the end of their name, that way they could be the MTAC. This would work well, since the MTA is a four-letter word to most residents of our wonderful city.
Fare hike after fare hike hits hard-working people across the city. People who have no choice but to wake up at 6 a.m., shuffle over to the bus stop, and wait. And wait. But have you seen that awesome Metrocard deal? Four fairs for $8. Sign us up. Maybe in five years they will have a deal that offers you three fairs for $10 . If you see it, jump on the deal. Buy multiple ones for later. It’ll be a steal.
Addressing transportation issues should be a number one priority for any elected official entering office this year – we're going to have an awful lot of new ones. Let's see what they can get done on an issue that seems to have been going nowhere.