Another Socialist Failure in a Socialist City

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

The bus system in anti-ride-sharing New York City is another socialist failure showing the government’s promises are beyond its reach.

New York City is itself going to be evaluated by historians as a socialist failure. But at the moment, its bus system is being exposed as a socialist failure. While the city could simply allow private companies to compete to solve residents’ transportation problems, instead the city leaders promised the city could provide better, cheaper service.

And I know you will be shocked at the outcome of that promise.

The New York Times reports, “Bus Service Is in Crisis, City Comptroller’s Report Says.

Though New York City’s buses carry over 2 million passengers a day — more than the Long Island Rail Road, Metro North, PATH and New Jersey Transit combined — they are often treated as an afterthought, even as they hemorrhage riders and strand the mostly low-income New Yorkers who depend on them, according to a report released on Monday by the city comptroller’s office.

The buses, which are operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, travel at an average of under 8 miles per hour. That sluggish pace, combined with unreliable service, an aging fleet and routes that no longer match the commuting patterns of New Yorkers, has contributed to a steep drop in ridership over the past eight years: There were 100 million fewer passenger trips on the buses in 2016 than in 2008, the report says.

Much of the decline in ridership occurred in Manhattan, where the subways, though troubled in their own right, are at least readily available. But for many people in the other four boroughs, buses are the only public transportation available to carry them to work or school.

And when the buses run late, or barely run at all, those affected are often from low-income, minority or immigrant communities, the report says. The average personal income of bus commuters is $28,455, compared with $40,000 for subway commuters, the comptroller’s report says. More than half of bus commuters are foreign-born, and only 25 percent are white.

“The conversation around our bus system is long overdue,” the comptroller, Scott M. Stringer, said in an interview. “We’ve neglected this. And that’s in part because traditional bus riders tend to be seniors and low-income New Yorkers, marginalized populations that have never had the loudest megaphone.”

Joseph J. Lhota, the chairman of the transportation authority, rebuffed the comptroller’s report. “The city comptroller should know better than to blame the victim,” Mr. Lhota said.

Llota is quoted some more, but nothing he said explained to me why he thinks the Comptroller is blaming the victim.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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