Gilbert B Norman wrote: ↑Mon Mar 27, 2023 9:56 am Funny how I read in both The Times and Journal how companies are corraling their workers back into the office, but yet how the return to mass transit seems to be lagging.I think the issue here is that during the pandemic, everyone who had a home was home. Everyone who didn't... sought shelter where they could. That included on transit.
Is it because of fear of crime - even if nil to nonexistent on the rail lines has become more prevalent on urban mass transit?
I'm honestly now afraid to ride the CTA. Last November, I went into town for a Funeral Mass at Holy Name. It was "drizziling", but rather than taking the CTA the 1.5mi from CUS, I walked.
I also used to have my "poor man's way to O'Hare ($8.50 RT Senior)" BNSF to CUS, then Blue Line. Not anymore!!! Now it's $120 round trip to a livery car.
Now that (some) folks are returning to work... they're returning scared, because they're returning to a dystopia. Lots of shops closed for good. Others struggling. The regular office traffic isn't back yet, and it won't be for a decade at least. The vagrants, the bums, the minor criminals have moved in... and it's going to take a while to move them out.
WMATA's MetroRail seems to be OK, and they're trying to make it better. But a 24/7 system like NYC? Well, you gotta have officers and social workers sweep and move 'em into services. That needs resources... and from what I've heard, NYC likes to squander them.