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NYC transit strike

I wasn't around for the last NYC transit strike in 1980. I vaguely recall there was a strike threat during my freshman year at Stuy. Since I relied on MTA buses and subways to get to school, it would have been virtually impossible for me to get to school during a strike. But the transit workers reached a settlement a few hours before the subways would have had to shut down. I remember the day of the deadline, my earth science teacher (the great John Orna, one of my favorites), kept insisting that there would be no strike, implying that we should prepare to come to school the next day.

Some people think there is too much news coverage of the strike and blame the NYC-centric media. Maybe. But anything that cripples NYC would be a matter of national concern because of the financial implications of lost business.

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madcaptenor
Dec. 20th, 2005 10:07 pm (UTC)
has there been a lot of news coverage of the strike? I haven't watched any news today.
gregbo
Dec. 21st, 2005 08:51 am (UTC)
When I woke up yesterday morning, there was coverage of the strike on KGO-TV's local news, CNBC, and Bloomberg. The latter two, arguably, are NYC-metro based.
ascendneworder
Dec. 21st, 2005 03:36 am (UTC)
My friend had to take a cab ride of 20 bucks to go to work and 40 bucks to come home. He lives in brklyn. Without public transportation it's like closing down the 5N or the 101N or any other major freeways.
_darkvictory
Dec. 21st, 2005 05:43 am (UTC)
During the 1980 strike, my mother was driving a medallion cab out of a Long Island City garage. She would catch a jitney or gypsy cab - they were swarming all over southeast Queens - to get to work.

I've lived through two L.A. transit strikes. Despite the over one million transit riders here, they barely made local news.

"Strike? What strike? Ha ha, who cares about a transit strike in L.A.? Wait - where's my maid?"
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