As COVID-19 continues to spread in New York State, the restrictions being put into effect to attempt and slow it keep increasing. The Governor of New York has ordered that all bars and restaurants close unless they can serve customers by delivery or pickup. Bars were patrons used to gather had to close by 8pm earlier this week, limiting the number of people out in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. The streets around New York City and suburbs have become a far shadow of what they once were, with few cars still on the road. If you walk or drive along the street there are few restaurants still open doing mostly take out or deliveries. This is an odd site to see as a car pulls up, a restaurant worker leave the food outside and then the person will run out and pick up the food. This is the new normal.
I commute to the city from Long Island and my normal drive time prior to COVID-19 was one hour and forty minutes. That time is each way, not including bad weather or accidents. On those days the journey to and from work can be over two hours. The COVID-19 virus moving across the world has made the same commute now forty minutes each way. The reduction in time is due to the large number of people staying home from NYC. These people who rode the trains or drove in by car are no longer travelling on the roads.
The reduction in the number of commuters by rail and car has seen not only a shorter commute time for those of us who have to go in, but cleaner air and quieter roads. There are some agencies that are not happy with the reduction in commuters. The MTA has not been happy with the reduction in the number of riders on the trains and cars on the road and has asked the Federal government for four billion dollars. If they cannot survive a week without riders, what would have happened if a natural disaster forced commuters to stay home as COVID-19 did? This request for four billion dollars is a clear indication that the MTA is a badly managed agency that has no money saved for a rainy day fund, but instead operated like a ponzi scheme, hoping that next week they can find another sucker to put money in and keep operating. We arrested Bernie Madoff for running a ponzi scheme, maybe it's time we look toward clearing out the bad management at the MTA. Business that cannot operate with out a government bailout every few years maybe a business that has past it's expiration date and should be shutdown.
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