Tuesday, December 28, 2010

NYC snow job II: Bloomberg tells city residents to chill

"Our city is doing exactly what you'd want it to do."  Thus Mayor Bloomberg to criticism over unplowed streets, stranded trains, abandoned buses, and idled taxis in the aftermath of the Sunday-Monday blizzard.  A Brooklyn Democrat instead calls the city's plowing efforts "a colossal failure."  The New York Post describes "the crippled transit system, completely overwhelmed emergency responders and unpassable roadways."

Public hearings into the city's response are promised.  What lessons might be learned or solutions found?  Probably not what Robert Wenzel suggested yesterday:
It's time to return the subways to the private sector.  I am not talking about "privatizing" in the sense that the city oversees and hires private contractors.  I am talking about the city getting out of the subway business and auctioning off the lines, so that they are bought and brought into the 21st century.

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