Saturday, May 21, 2016

DC Metro not alone in transit problems (look at NYC); unions might hamper late night replacement service

Some informal conversations at brunch today suggest that resistance to maintaining light night bus service during coming DC Metro early closings may be related to union objections to the hours and to security risks.  It may not be easy for night businesses to deal with this forever, but it is common in other cities.

The New York Times, in the meantime, is reporting similar issues with the NYC Transit in maintenance, especially in tunnels and bridges to outer boroughs, “How to save New York’s overwhelmed subways”  And, last week, the Times featured an alarming story about the condition of the train tunnels (for Amtrak and commuters) under the Hudson. 

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