Thursday, August 09, 2007

NYC subway boo-hoo

The Spitzernator put in a request to review why heavy rain crippled the transit system throughout the tri state area, especially the greater NYC.

check the trash - all that fucking trash people toss into the tracks and streets (the rain would wash down the garbage into a curb drain - not a pretty sight) further clogging up and jamming the pumps.

most of the train systems are 100 years old or younger. it's a 24 hour 7 days a week operation and the city itself, especially Midtown and downtown would have a hissy fit if some lines were suspended during the week for repairs for days at a time. partial line suspensions are usually reserved to poorer neighborhoods for a length of time. That's a different topic.

Trippy experience, yesterday, that. It took me an hour and half to get to work from Columbus Circle to the Lower East Side - the buses were packed like sardines, overloaded with passengers. I wish I had my camera with me because for a good hour from Midtown, the buses were full of people from the front to the back including the no-no areas, next to the driver and standing on the steps by both the entrance and exit doors. The lucky folks crammed in the stairway by the doors - some had slightly apprehensive expressions on their faces like the doors would suddenly fling open. I gave up on 9th avenue and Broadway bus routes, and walked across 57th or 58th, past Madison and Lexington until I was able to get inside the m15 on 2nd Avenue. I suspected the m15 would be reliable because it has the most buses on a route in the city with the lack of subway lines on the eastern side of the island. Some bus routes I tried to board - I gave up the politeness immediately. There are actually some nice things about people, but I guess when you're hot and thinking how many hours you'd lose at work, being polite is the last thing on your mind. I kindly opened the exit door to help people out, the next thing I knew, more people crammed inside without a glance at me. Jeez!

I was lucky to board a less crowded bus with a fully functioning A/C. Some buses I'd seen, people were fanning themselves.

Probably the most suckiest thing had to happen to one of my staff. He chanced with one of the trains, but it suddenly stopped at the West 4th stop. The doors didn't open and people were trapped inside for a good hour. He and some people pulled on the emergency cord several times and no response. Finally, an off duty worker came by and unlocked the doors - people verbally abused him "what the fuck was that?" "fuck you!" "what happened?" the worker replied ignorance and returned some fuck yous back at the newly released pissed off crowd. Lucky the A/C was on and running - if it wasn't, that'd be one and very angry mob for an asshole worker to contend with.

I love New York.


Anonymous The One and Only Ridor said...

Amen, KB. Amen!

8/15/2007 9:33 PM  
Blogger Der Sankt said...

new york's the best!

2/16/2008 10:36 AM  

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