A Possible Reformation?

5 05 2009

New York, as a whole, is a spectacle to behold. But there is always room for improvement. Isolating one specific issue to focus on and improve is no easy task. If you were to go around the city and ask people if there was one thing that they could improve about New York, what would it be? I almost guarantee that there wouldn’t be one specific answer. There is always a host of issues that New Yorkers like to complain about and amongst those issues; it doesn’t seem that one takes precedence over the other. A reason for that being is that we live in New York, a city in constant flux, and we are New Yorkers. We adapt to the ever changing jungle around us and go with the flow. But if I were to speak in terms of recent times, I believe that people would agree in this waning economy, that the improvement of our exceedingly complex transit system and possibly association is in order.

Despite the current efforts in seeking a MTA bailout, it seems that New Yorkers are looking at an inevitable price hike that will include the suffering of service cuts. To me, and indefinitely many others, this seems like a classic case of highway robbery. How does it seem remotely practical or fair to expect people to pay more for a service that they are getting less out of? Public transit and commuting is a key factor of life in the big city and this situation is currently turning dire. While I am neither a politician nor an MTA executive, I feel that I am not at liberty to say something as radical as “the establishment needs a reformation” or to request a change in authority, but I will say that I feel that much more can be done to solve the current matter in a way that is both practical and affordable in these harsh economic times. But I also feel that it’s just simply not happening.