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President Obama’s infatuation with the effort to create another government-subsidized rail entitlement means the rest of the country is on the hook for at least half of this still considerable sum. Retirees in Florida and schoolteachers in Mississippi, who will never ride California’s train, will be forced to pay for it anyway.

What if you get pushed onto the subway tracks?

  It’s the nightmare that nearly all New Yorkers share — way scarier than eating Duane Reade sushi. As crime soars in NYC’s subway, the possibility of a push or fall never escapes a straphanger’s mind.

  Just ask the 23-year-old Australian tourist who had both legs amputated by a PATH train.

  Incredibly, she survived the stumble, and so can you thanks to The Post’s latest Survival Guide to NYC. Look alive because 14 people were shoved onto the subway tracks in 2020.

-New York Post Go To Site

...Kotkin mentions mass transit, and an MIT study found that NYC subways were a ”major disseminator” of the coronavirus in New York. This is unsurprising: New York City subways are crowded, poorly ventilated and filthy...

  Whether this virus sounds the ”death knell” for mass transit or not, people will be far more reluctant to ride packed vehicles in the future.

-Glenn Harlan Reynolds Go To Site

If government is what we decide to do together, Metro seemed to be government at its best. But after 40 years it has come to be government at its dreariest, with problems overlooked, maintenance deferred, and safety scanted by employees secure against discipline or dismissal and more concerned about overtime pay and pensions than serving the public.

-Michael Barone Go To Site

Liberal, Crime, Violence, Degeneracy, Racism, Narrative, Feminism, Assault, Bigotry

An investigation is underway after several teen girls were captured on video attacking a group of students on a SEPTA train in Philadelphia.

  The incident occurred on a Broad Street Line train near SEPTA's Erie Station around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

  Video of the attack shows a group of teen girls repeatedly punching and screaming at another group of teens on the train. One of the attackers also punches, knocks over and repeatedly kicks a teen girl before slapping her with her shoe. NBC10 is not showing the video out of respect for the victims.

  The attackers in the video are African American while the victims appear to be Asian or Asian American.

Degeneracy, Assault

A woman was allegedly raped on a suburban Philadelphia train last week while police said there were "a lot of people" around who "should have done something."...

  According to authorities, the incident was caught on surveillance video that showed bystanders on the train when it happened who "did nothing."...

  Commuters who use the train were shocked to hear about the incident. Shane Brown told CBS Philadelphia, "they need more security, they really do. They really need a lot of security because it's getting bad out here. You can't even get on the bus."

Government, Incompetence, Financial, Oops, Energy, Waste

The MTA spent $86 million on a state-of-the-art, NASA-like “bus command center” that has gone unused for more than two years because it’s already falling apart, The Post has learned.

  Transit officials have said the eastern Brooklyn command center, which replaces a smaller facility across the street, will serve as a “war room” for bus dispatchers. But the building has sat empty since former Transit President Andy Byford and other bigwigs held a celebratory ribbon-cutting there in June 2019.

  With the building at Jamaica Avenue and Fanchon Place having suffered leaks, faulty heating and bug-infested bathrooms, dispatchers who are supposed to work there have refused to relocate from across the street, sources said.

  The ribbon Byford cut with then-MTA buses president Darryl Irick in 2019 said “Grand Opening,” but dispatchers only started to move into the building last winter, sources said. That lasted only a few months because the heat did not work and the building’s electrical system couldn’t handle the workers’ space heaters.

Liberal, Crime, Violence, Narrative, Oops, Feminism, Assault

Disturbing video released by the New York Police Department Monday shows a woman getting up from a bench and shoving another woman into a moving subway train entering a Times Square station during the early morning rush hour commute in what’s believed to be an unprovoked attack.

  The female suspect, whom police describe as a woman in her 30s wearing a multicolored scarf, black shirt and beige pants, is seen getting up from a bench inside the 42nd Street and Seventh Avenue station and suddenly shoving a 42-year-old woman, who is off camera...

  The assailant then appears to calmly walk away, as several other bystanders on the platform appear relatively unaffected. Police say the 42-year-old woman did not fall onto the tracks, but rather the force of the push knocked her into the moving train before she ricocheted backward onto the platform.

Violence, Degeneracy, Threats, Assault, Drugs

A father riding the subway with his 4-year-old daughter in the Bronx was threatened and spit on after asking a man not to smoke on the train earlier in September, according to the NYPD...

  An unidentified man sitting in the same car was smoking alleged marijuana while riding the train, authorities said. The father, 35, asked the man not to smoke aboard the train, a which point the other man started yelling at the dad and little girl, according to police.

  The man allegedly spit on them and even pulled out a knife and threatened them, officials said. Video released by the NYPD shows the suspect appearing to yell at and harass the dad and his young daughter.

Crime, Violence, Government, Assault

A Chicago man has been arrested for allegedly clobbering a train passenger on the head with a hammer this week, and he is also being investigated in connection with nearly a dozen similar attacks.

  Curtis Tyler, 30, was taken into custody just after 6am on Tuesday, less than an hour after police said he struck a 50-year-old man on the head while riding the CTA Red Line train in the 1200 block of North Clark Avenue.

  Tyler was booked into jail on charges of aggravated battery using a deadly weapon, theft and public indecency.

Crime, Violence, Government, Assault

The woman arrested Saturday for nearly shoving a 22-year-old man onto the subway tracks at Times Square has been booked seven times since June 25, police sources said — including for several assaults on mass transit.

  Briana Randolph allegedly came up from behind her victim at around 8 a.m. Saturday on the northbound NQR train platform at 42nd Street and Broadway and pushed him for no reason, according to police...

  Randolph has been arrested twenty times since 2012, including seven times so far in 2021 — once for grand larceny on July 25 and six more for assaults, according to police sources.

Yglesias’s spat with Hemingway revolved around estimates for high-speed rail lines about how many people would ride on those trains.

  On that subject, Yglesias wrote more than a year ago that advocates for high-speed rail may need to present “unrealistically optimistic” ridership estimates to obtain government funding for the projects.

  “For better or for worse, that’s politics,” Yglesias said then.

-Jonathan Strong Go To Site

Environmentalist, Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Oops, Waste, Biden

More than two dozen electric Proterra buses first unveiled by the city of Philadelphia in 2016 are already out of operation, according to a WHYY investigation.

  The entire fleet of Proterra buses was removed from the roads by SEPTA, the city's transit authority, in February 2020 due to both structural and logistical problems—the weight of the powerful battery was cracking the vehicles' chassis, and the battery life was insufficient for the city's bus routes...

  The city paid $24 million for the 25 new Proterra buses, subsidized in part by a $2.6 million federal grant...

  Proterra, which had Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on its board of directors when Philadelphia pulled the buses off the streets last year, has been highlighted by the Biden administration as a business of the future.

Government, Assault

Shocking video footage shows a teenager casually setting fire to a woman’s hair as she sits with her back to him on a San Francisco bus...

  The footage, released by San Francisco police, shows the cruel teen holding up a lighter to the back of the woman’s hair for several seconds — at one point even taking it away to check that it was working properly.

  The stranger’s hair was then “set on fire” and she was helped by other passengers as the firebug and two pals with him fled, police said.

Liberal, Crime, Violence, Government, Degeneracy, Assault

LOWER MANHATTAN (WABC) -- Four suspects are in custody after a string of slashings and stabbings on the subway that injured 5 people, the NYPD says. The victims were punched, slashed, or stabbed in five separate incidents on subway trains or inside stations.

  Police say the spree began at 4:25 a.m., when a 44-year-old man was slashed in the face on a southbound 4 train at the 14th Street Union Square station. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.

  Minutes later, a 40-year-old man was slashed in the face and a 41-year-old man was punched at the Astor Place subway station. The man who was slashed was also taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.

  Then, at 4:37 a.m., a 44-year-old man was slashed in the back of the head in a robbery. That victim was taken to Lenox HealthPlex in Greenwich Village.

  Finally, around 5 a.m., a 48-year-old man told officers at NYPD Transit Bureau District 11 at 161st Street and River Avenue in the Bronx that he was stabbed multiple times on a northbound D train somewhere in Manhattan sometime overnight.

  The 48-year-old man, who is homeless, said one attacker stabbed him once in the right eye and once in the left side of neck and his cheek.

Government, Degeneracy, Waste

That you’re not supposed to do this should go without saying — but MTA bosses believe they need a rule explicitly banning defecating on the subway. The new rule is on the agenda for an MTA meeting Wednesday. The rule will ban defecating on the city’s subways, buses and transit facilities...

  On Sept. 7 a train operator was reportedly “soiled with bodily fluid from a customer" at the L line’s Eighth Ave. terminal in Manhattan, according to an internal MTA incident report.

  “The fact that the MTA has to pass a rule against defecating in a subway car says a lot about the environment we work in down there,” said Transport Workers Union Local 100 president Tony Utano. “We don’t ride for 20 minutes and go upstairs. We’re down there for entire shifts."

Government, Sex, Assault

A creep pushed a 25-year-old woman on an Upper East Side subway platform to the floor and then attempted to rape her in a brazen daytime attack, cops said.

  The woman was waiting on the platform for the F train around 11 a.m. Saturday inside the Lexington Avenue and East 63 Street train station when the man approached her, police said. Video taken by a witness showed the man on top of the woman before a crowd of bystanders intervened.

Government, Assault

A woman was stabbed in the back as she bought a MetroCard in an Upper West Side subway station on Thursday, police said.

  The attacker was spotted with a knife when he got onto a train in Times Square, an NYPD spokesman said. After someone called 911, police stopped the train at 72nd and Broadway.

  It appears the man spotted officers at the station and ran, officials said.

Government, Incompetence, Financial, Oops, Waste

MTA officials have run into a unique obstacle in their efforts to cut costs: The agency has no organizational chart detailing what each of its 70,000 employees do, or who they even report to.

  Interim NYC Transit president Sarah Feinberg said in an interview with the Daily News Thursday that she was confounded last month when no one was able to provide her with a full breakdown of the workforce she’s led since March...

  “There are people who do not work here who we are paying,” said Feinberg. “It’s crazy ... I absolutely believe there are a lot of people wandering around and no one knows who they report to.”...

  MTA chairman Pat Foye has requested an additional $3.9 billion in relief from Congress in order to keep mass transit service running across the five boroughs for the rest of 2020.

I don't ask for much, God, but I could've done without that serenade of "Sexual Healing" from the toothless guy on the subway this morning.

-Jedediah Bila Go To Site

Democrat, Liberal, Crime, Government, Incompetence, Convict, Theft

A New York City man who’s now been arrested 139 times thanked Democrats for guaranteeing his immediate release despite repeatedly swiping hundreds of dollars from unsuspecting subway commuters since the state’s new bail reform law went into effect Jan. 1.

  Charles Barry, 56, has been arrested six times since the start of this year. He’s been released each time without having to post bail under New York’s new bail reform law...

  “Bail reform, it’s lit!” Barry yelled to reporters Thursday outside the NYPD Transit District 1 headquarters in the Columbus Circle station before officers transported him to Manhattan Central Booking. “It’s the Democrats! The Democrats know me and the Republicans fear me. You can’t touch me! I can’t be stopped!”

Violence, Narrative, Oops, Murder

Harrowing footage has been released by police showing a 74-year-old man being shoved off a bus so hard he eventually died.

  Serge Fournier was reportedly telling a fellow passenger on the bus to be politer to others when he was pushed by a woman, landing head first on the pavement. The woman, Cadesha Michelle Bishop, is facing a murder charge for the fatal shove on March 21 this year in Las Vegas...

  A police report says Fournier was moving up the aisle of the Regional Transportation Commission bus when he asked a woman who had been cursing at other people to be nicer to passengers, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

  Bishop was accused of shoving Fournier out the door 'with enough force that he never touched any of the steps' before hitting his head about 8 feet (2.4 meters) from the bus.

Liberal, Crime, Government, Incompetence, Oops

The Phoenix light rail has been a blessing or a curse, depending on whom you ask...

  Phoenix District 2 Councilman Jim Waring said he was concerned about all of those issues when the city first discussed building a light rail system, now he worries about the cost to voters who are forced to fund it, whether they use it or not...

  The numbers he provided ABC15 were a compilation of police calls to some of the light rail stops that opened in March of 2016. The data showed the number of police calls for service increased by 37% at 19th and Glendale avenues, 56% at 19th and Northern avenues, and a whopping 73% at 19th Avenue and Dunlap Road.

 "What we're doing is we're bringing crime into these neighborhoods, we're checking on numbers for other stops right now, but with these neighborhoods it's irrefutable," he said. "Crime has increased dramatically since the light rail went into effect in these neighborhoods."

Government, Threats, Crazy

A BART rider was placed under arrest Monday after the suspect was accused of pulling out two chainsaws while on a train in the East Bay, authorities confirmed.

  A BART commuter shot video that was posted on Twitter Monday afternoon that showed the man waving around a chainsaw on a train. The person posting the clip said it happened on a train traveling from Fremont to Richmond...

  At one point, he is heard to say “cut your freaking head off.”

  “He did say a couple of things. He said something about ‘I’m the ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” Then he said, ‘No, I’m the BART massacre,'” explained Bluford.

Violence, Character, Assault

He accidentally stepped on her foot — so so she and her friend beat and slashed him.

  That was the wild scene when a 24-year-old man stepped on a woman’s foot on an A train approaching its last stop at the Inwood-207th St. station about 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said. The woman and her pal went berzerk and tried to block the man from leaving the train.

  He managed to get past them but the women followed him onto the mezzanine and the woman with the crushed corns began hitting him with her purse, according to cops. The woman’s pal, believed to be about 40, quickly joined the fray, whipping out a box cutter and slashing him in the back and right arm.

  The women fled the station and have not been caught.

Democrat, Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Financial, Oops

The new streetcars that Seattle ordered to expand the downtown streetcar system are heavier and longer than the ones the city now operates, and it’s unclear if they’ll work on the current track and fit in the maintenance barn, Mayor Jenny Durkan’s office said Tuesday.

  The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) ordered 10 new streetcars in the fall, at a cost of $52 million, as it planned to link the two existing streetcar lines with a new line along First Avenue through downtown.

  But Durkan halted that work in March and ordered an independent review of the project’s finances, after a Seattle Times report said costs to operate the new system could be 50 percent higher than SDOT had publicly stated.

Democrat, Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Financial, Oops, Waste

The price of the California bullet train project jumped sharply Friday when the state rail authority announced that the cost of connecting Los Angeles to San Francisco would be $77.3 billion and could rise as high as $98.1 billion — an uptick of at least $13 billion from estimates two years ago.

  The rail authority also said the earliest trains could operate on a partial system between San Francisco and Bakersfield would be 2029 — four years later than the previous projection. The full system would not begin operating until 2033.

“We have a no engage policy. Under no circumstances should our operators be fighting customers,” said Terry Owens. Go To Site

Degeneracy, Waste, Assault

A D.C. bus driver told a woman to have a nice day, and the customer responded by throwing a cup of her own urine at the driver, officials say. "To say bizarre is really an understatement. It's a vulgar assault," Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik said.

  One woman who rides the bus said she wasn't shocked by the attack. "If it's the X2, it's a lot of crazy stuff on that bus. I've seen a man with a cup of spit on that bus before," she said. "He was sitting there spitting and spitting."

Government, Degeneracy, Waste

A creepy straphanger relieved himself on a J train early Thursday — right onto a 26-year-old woman’s face, police said.

  The woman told police she was sitting in the middle car on a Brooklyn-bound train as it left the 75th St.-Elderts Lane station in Woodhaven, Queens about 1:50 a.m. Her eyes were closed as she listened to music on her headphones. Then she felt something wet hit her face.

  When she opened her eyes, she found a complete stranger urinating on her, cops said.

Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Financial, Oops, Jobs

New Yorkers are showing up late, losing pay and even getting fired due to the sorry state of the city’s subways, a new report finds.

  A whopping 74% of working straphangers said they’ve been late to a work meeting in the past three months because of a subway delay, according to a survey of riders by city Controller Scott Stringer. And many suffered more serious consequences — 13% lost wages in the last three months, and 2% said they’d been fired.

  In the survey of more than 1,200 subway riders at 143 stations around the city, 18% said they’ve been reprimanded by their supervisor at work because of subway delays over the same period.


Dear BART, If You Want More Riders on Nights and Weekends, Stop Being Filthy, Slow, and Scary

Liberal, Degeneracy, Waste

Philadelphia’s main transit agency plans to try urine-repelling paint to combat smells and complaints about cleanliness. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority will run a trial this fall of a product called Ultra-Ever Dry. The surface coating has been used in public spaces in San Francisco and Hamburg, Germany. The coating makes urine spray back on the offender.

Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Degeneracy

It’s a situation that is really bugging bus riders — and creating a potentially itchy, scratchy ride in Detroit. Just when riders thought the problem-riddled transit system couldn’t get any worse, there’s reportedly a bed bug situation. Detroit Councilwoman Brenda Jones brought up the issue of bedbugs on city buses during a recent meeting.

Supporters, who claim that most high speed rail systems operate at a profit, use accounting tricks like leaving out construction costs and indirect subsidies.

If you tabulate the full costs, only two systems in the world operate at a profit, and one breaks even.

Degeneracy, Waste, Assault

A woman riding the Chicago Transit Authority's Blue Line in Oak Park told police she was last week attacked by another passenger wielding a sock filled with human feces. "He had a sock full of his poop on me," the 21-year-old college student told the Pioneer Press. "It was everywhere; on my face, my hair, my clothes."

Liberal, Union, Incompetence, Degeneracy

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Thursday said it was “reviewing protocols” after a straphanger’s encounter with a flasher on the subway. As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported, the woman’s post about the experience went viral on social media – along with a complaint that complained that the train conductor seemed uninterested in the problem. The underground unpleasantness happened on the No. 3 train in Brooklyn, near the Nevins Street station. The rider, Tiffany Jackson, saw the man masturbating while looking at her and she discreetly snapped a few photos.

Amtrak is joining the recent trend of companies taking sides in the fight over gay rights with a new marketing campaign dubbed “Ride With Pride.”

  The campaign features a website, www.amtrakridewithpride.com, and advertisements showing same-sex couples aboard trains. It includes discounts to destinations like Martha’s Vineyard in Cape Cod, Mass., which Amtrak says is “extremely gay-friendly,” and a section called “out and about” that lists pride events.

-Keith Laing Go To Site

Violence, Government, Incompetence, Assault

The suspect arrested in the rape of a mentally disabled teen aboard a Metro bus has an extensive criminal history, including charges of sexual assault, authorities said Friday.

  Kerry Trotter, 20, of South Los Angeles, was arrested early Friday after the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department announced that detectives were searching for a man who had boarded a bus and for 10 minutes raped an 18-year-old woman. Trotter is being held on $1 million bail.

Crime, Violence, Government, Assault

A Cleveland municipal bus driver has been suspended after video surfaced this week showing him decking a mouthy female rider with a bolo punch.

  The confrontation between the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) worker and the unidentified woman was apparently filmed by another rider.

Violence, Degeneracy

A drunken, rowdy group of young women stabbed a 63-year-old male straphanger this morning after he had the audacity to suggest they pipe down, authorities said.

  "The eight females were acting stupid. He just told them, 'Relax, calm down,' '' one police source said. Cops said the victim, whose name they have not released, was first assaulted and then stabbed in the left shoulder about 6:15 a.m. Witnesses pointed out his attackers to cops and all eight women, ages 15 to 20, were arrested leaving the 23rd Street station, officials said.

Government, Incompetence, Degeneracy

The union representing Detroit's bus drivers has reportedly asked local lawmakers to put pressure on the transit agency to help stop the spread of bedbugs on buses.

  The Detroit News reports that roughly 50 Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) drivers have said they've seen bedbugs on buses, and some have been bitten within the past year, according to Henry Gaffney, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26.

Rapid Transit...


  Smaller projects are also herculean lifts. In San Francisco, for example, it took 10 years to get two rapid bus transit lines through environmental review.

Government, Incompetence, Waste

When midnight rolled around and flight traffic thinned out, air-traffic controllers guiding planes in the busiest U.S. corridor whipped out laptops to watch movies, play games or gamble online.

  Controllers on break inflated air mattresses and napped on the floor. Some left before their shifts were over. They cursed at managers, refused to train new controllers, and flouted rules requiring them to pass on weather advisories to pilots.

Democrat, Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Obama, Financial

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A Channel 4 analysis of how the Tennessee Department of Transportation is spending stimulus dollars found that federal taxpayers spent an average of $161,500 per job created and that some paving jobs, which were temporary, cost taxpayers more than $1 million each.

Violence, Government, Financial, Assault

Janet Ojeda admitted she exchanged words with the woman in the token booth, but when the clerk allegedly came out and picked her up by the neck, choking her, well, even a few hours later, Ojeda got emotional talking about it.

  “Cause she was choking me, like … I couldn’t get no air. She was looking at me like she wasn’t gonna let go. I felt like I was [going to pass out] ’cause I couldn’t even move my legs. She lifted me up from the ground by the neck,” Ojeda said.

California’s fanciful bullet train project embodies everything that is wrong with government today. The state’s High-Speed Rail Authority on Tuesday released details of a revised business plan that claims laying down tracks from Los Angeles to San Francisco will now cost a mere $68 billion instead of $98 billion - as if that were a bargain.

  President Obama’s infatuation with the effort to create another government-subsidized rail entitlement means the rest of the country is on the hook for at least half of this still considerable sum. Retirees in Florida and schoolteachers in Mississippi, who will never ride California’s train, will be forced to pay for it anyway.

-Washington Times Editorial Go To Site

Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Degeneracy, Waste

A Metro rider found an unpleasant surprise on his daily commute at the Franconia-Springfield station on Monday: human feces smeared on the pedestrian bridge into the station. And making matters worse, it was still there Tuesday and Wednesday.

  No one had cleaned it up. Austin Lasseter said he spoke to the Metro station manager on Monday, then each day thereafter. But she told Lasseter it wasn't Metro's problem. The stairs belong to Virginia Railway Express even though it was on the Metro side of the bridge.

Government, Incompetence, Degeneracy

NEW YORK (PIX11)— In this week's crazy NYC subway video series, a woman, nude from the waist down, sets up a wash station on the blue bench of a subway car and proceeds to take a camping-style shower.

Democrat, Liberal, Biden

President Joe Biden revisited his love of trains during a trip to his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, promising to get millions of vehicles off the roads.

  “We will take literally millions of automobiles off the road,” Biden boasted, arguing that more high-speed trains like the ones constructed in China would make trains more attractive...

  “I got more money for passenger rail than the entire Amtrak system cost to begin with,” he said. “We’re going to change the nation in a big way.”

California's much-vaunted high-speed rail project is, to put it bluntly, a train wreck.

  Intended to demonstrate the state's commitment to sustainable, cutting-edge transportation systems, and to show that the U.S. can build rail networks as sophisticated as those in Europe and Asia, it is instead a monument to the ways poor planning, mismanagement and political interference can screw up major public works.

-LAT Archives Go To Site

When the Spanish construction company Ferrovial submitted its winning bid for a 22-mile segment, the proposal included a clear and inconvenient warning: “More than likely, the California high speed rail will require large government subsidies for years to come.”

  Ferrovial reviewed 111 similar systems around the world and found only three that cover their operating costs.

-Virginia Postrel Go To Site