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Re: More count-down clock lunacy

Posted by Steamdriven on Tue Jan 2 10:40:15 2018, in response to More count-down clock lunacy, posted by gbs on Mon Jan 1 22:52:19 2018.

The MTA was designed to avoid accountability. It's not meant to work for the riders, it's meant to work for big gov/big union cronies, and little fiddles won't fix it. Here are two alternatives:

Method A:
Break up the MTA into separate, competing systems, sell them off to operators with a record of running a service business. Provide a subsidy per passenger-mile to each, adjusted by a simple, non-game-able service quality metric. We could call them, ohhhh, the Innovative Rapid Transit, the Interborough New Design, and the ButtHead MeatHead Division, which goes to the hipster locales. Much like the historic system, set it up so that nearby lines are owned/operated by competing companies wherever possible. Thus, whatever owns the B/Q in Brooklyn is a different company than the F, D is owned separately from N, numbered lines separate from lettered, J/Z line separate from all. Yeah there's shared trackage, deal with it.

Method B:
Take a group of pizzed off riders, have them rate the subway service. Failing grade --------> Governor, MTA board, NY state legislature, judges who interfere with running the thing right and top union officials stay within the confines of the transit system (not including office buildings, the library attached to a subway station, etc) and must be aboard a train or local bus between the hours of 5am to 7pm until the system is graded B or better, or they reach age 75.


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