These Boots Are Made For Walking…
The New York City transit strike creeps into it’s 2nd day as millions of people walk for hours, or drive (4 to a car minimum mind you) in snail-like traffic just to get to work. My sister, Ali, is among them, walking 46 city blocks, through 11 degree weather to work mid-town, and then the tiring return 46 blocks back! (plus she has a 4 story walk-up!)
Back To Detroit: What if the bus system went on strike here? Would a transit strike, in Detroit, even be noticed? Imagine the people-mover “out-of-commission” and the bus system taken off the roads. What if they stop the Detroit subway (oh wait a moment, disregard that, we never had them!)
To be sure, plenty of people do take the bus to work (though I don’t know anyone who does) and I’ve seen as many as 4 people crammed on to city buses at one time! Why? What I’ve heard, it generally takes hours to navigate the bus-system to your destination (with all of the switching and waiting for bus transfers). Not to mention how wildly bus drivers drive (there must be a traffic-ticket ambassador waiver for bus drivers in this city).
We are, in essence, in a sort of transit strike – with no real, cheap, easy, nor fast way to get from one place to the other. Our cars are also subject to the lack of a hospitable transit system. When you look at the congested freeways (ever filling with more and deeper potholes and ever present road construction) and the sheer lack of convenient, easy, and cheap parking – we’re ALMOST resigned to walking.
Don’t believe me? Just wait and see what the double-whammy of the Detroit Auto Show AND the Cobo Superbowl Experience will do… I’m buying some snowshoes this weekend to get ready!