Friday, July 9, 2010
Sorry all, just have to get this off my chest. Last night it took me 2 1/2 hours and 3 trains and a bus to get home. I am only 12 stops away from my job....one train. What I want to know is...where is my money going? You keep raising the fare year after year...and the the service just keeps on getting worse and worse. I'm sure that, even though most of you do not have to deal with the evils of public transportation, you do have something...someone who keeps raising prices, but lowering services...be it health care, electricity, etc. that you can, in some way, identify with what I am feeling.
Now, mind you, transit says they are broke. BROKE!!!! So, in the meantime, the transit workers get these extravagant raises. This year, because of the mess the city is in, they are asked to forgo their raises this year. Their answer is "NO"; they don't care that services will be cut. The heck with the public. The heck with us who pay their salary. We can struggle. Now, I can totally understand their feelings; if asked to forgo my raise, I would balk, too. But, the starting salary of a transit worker is over $52,000 a year. That is STARTING salary. I make almost $20,000 less...and get this, the starting salary for a police officer is $25,000. I've also read that there are over 8,000 people employed by NY Transit that make over $100,000.
Of course, I cannot blame the workers for such shoddy service, but it really does irk me when I go to the booth to put some money on my metrocard and have to wait for the clerk either to finish reading his newspaper article or finish his telephone conversation...which, I know is not business because he is laughing away in there. Then, one time he had the NERVE to make me wait while he not only finishes his conversation, but changes his music in his radio. And for that he makes $50,000. Complaints to the transit authority are just a waste of time.
Now, suffice it to say, I don't have the answers of how to fix this thing...how to make the subway run like it used to...to make it safe again...because, I will be honest with you, it scares me...scares me badly. I don't think the high salaries are totally at fault and don't even know how much would be saved if the salaries were lower, but what I do know is that not much is being done in the way of repairs. This isn't the first time something like this has happened since the heatwave began. It's happening all over the city, on all of the trains...and it is all heat-related power shortages. Last night my son was in the train ahead of me. He was stuck in the tunnel for 55 minutes. Thankfully, he had AC, but what if next time there is nothing but darkness. (Slap myself. Stop thinking that way) But, I can't help but worry. We've got a long, hot summer ahead of us....and I just don't think they are equipped to handle it.
Thanks for letting me get that off my chest. Tomorrow, we'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming.