A tough day in New York. Thousands of transit workers have gone on
strike leaving millions
of New Yorkers stranded. Traffic is a nightmare as more people drive to work.
Transit Strike posts have soared to over
2,500 posts and it is the second most popular search on Technorati as of this writing. Here are some highlights from the blogosphere:
B2Day posts a Transit Strike photo of people waiting.
Biking Bis reports that thousands more people are biking to work.
Suitably Flip reports on the costs of the strike to NYC: "It's on. After failing to come to a contract agreement with the MTA last night, the Transport Workers Union voted 28-10 to launch their illegal citywide strike on bus and subway lines today, disrupting the commutes of the 7 million New Yorkers they serve. Estimates of the financial hit the city will recognize today alone range from $400 to $660 million. The implications of compromised public safety may be even more serious." Flip also links to this Transit Worker Blog.
Gearlog managed to find
some good news -- they city is purchasing a fleet of 825 DaimlerChrysler Orion VII hybrid buses.
Hollywood Elsewhere puts a positive spin on it: "Walking is good for your mind, body and soul. Hardship is always a good thing when it comes to friendliness and community relations and people actually treating each other with caring and good cheer."
Update: Jeff Jarvis at Buzz Machine has a post about the transit strike (via Online News Squared). In the post Jarvis writes: "The union broke the law this morning, costing New Yorkers their own pay and businesses their business and the city its tax resources so that its members could keep pensions that most Americans donít have and retire sooner than most Americans could dream of doing and keep inefficient jobs for which there is no need. Thank you for not riding the New York City subway. Have a rotten day." He also points to Craigslist's NYC Ride Sharing entries. The post has tons of comments (90+) which give a good idea about what people think about the strike.