When I was younger I was too naive to understand what mass transit was. Now this is in no way and angry post but it does give off a negative vibe. I've lived in NYC for the last 21 years and I don't think I recall the last time the MTA was this bad. I mean I'm pretty sure in the last decade or two there have been many significant changes and whatnot. More trains, more employees in order to prosper and advance in serving one of the busiest cities in the world.
I remember when it took a token to get through the turnstiles and they only cost about $1.25. I remember when student passes where a piece of paper that you flash to the bus/train operators. Trains nowadays are so packed that it is nearly impossible to catch the first train that arrives at your waiting destination. I get headaches when I leave work due to my commute. What's worse than being in a train, shoulder to shoulder with strangers? Being in a train with strangers who have bags and shoulder bags and coats and book bags.
As much as I'd rather be home on a holiday I don't mind working and besides the time and a half pay, the fact that I can comfortably grab a seat from 145th to 14th street. With as much technology and as many resources as we have available to us, there has to be an easier way to ride the train.
I enjoy the trains and buses because they're convenient and honestly without them New York City wouldn't be what it is. But there has to be a more least stressful way to ride the MTA.
Well enough with the negativity, on this note...Happy New Years to all my followers. Bring on 2011.
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