American Thinker: Like public transit? Want more public transit, as the lefties prescribe? Well, here’s your public transit: the New York subway system is out of money and now in a “death spiral,” according to a report in the Guardian:
Officials at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) warned last week that without a major infusion of cash, they will have to drastically cut service or increase fares on the system that carries millions of New Yorkers around the city.
Here are the ugly details:
The system’s financial straits have gotten worse in part because it has fewer riders, and is collecting less money in fares. Expected passenger revenue over a five-year period has dropped by $485m since July.
“They’ve entered this death spiral,” said Benjamin Kabak, who runs the transit website Second Avenue Sagas. “The subway service and the bus service has [sic] become unreliable enough for people to stop using it. If people aren’t using it, there’s less money, and they have to keep raising fares without delivering better service.”
Turns out nobody wants to ride it. It’s not hard to understand why. When subways are overcrowded as well as loaded with bums, pickpockets, fare-jumpers, manspreaders, people eating smelly food, and perverts, and the system does nothing to stop them, well, commuters start looking for other means of transport – especially if they are constantly late or erratic about coming. Quality of life matters, and women, for starters, don’t want to get groped, let alone stand for an hour in high heels or carrying groceries.
It’s called Going Galt.
That’s the least of it. Here are some recent news headlines from just this year alone.