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Today’s Rant is on District Attorneys…
So I was inspired by this post by reading about Bob Morgenthau at, Manhattan DA for the last 35 years, and is going to be running for re-election next year at 90. This made me think, how did Morgenthau get the support of New Yorkers that love you win you win, and hate you when you lose.
Morgenthau in his tenure can be repeatedly attributed with reducing crime in New York City, and prosecuting white collar crime. He is a legend in the Justice system, so much that a TV show was created about his office, and a character with a lot of his personalities and styles as much a part of the show as well.
Now lets look at this locally. (more…)
So today’s rant is on public transportation. I shall start in Albany and then move to the greater Capital District.
Public Transportation in Albany is abysmal at best. And it has become a endless loop of mismanagement, idiocracy, and just plain stupidity. The lack of planning that has progressed over the many years has only created a endless domino effect of encouraging people not to use public transportation.
Who is to blame? The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) is the obvious answer, but this is not solely and absolutely the problem. If we take Albany for instance, the PUblic Transportation is VERY INCONVENIENT to take in most instances. As long as you don’t need to transfer buses, and as long as you live near a route, and as long as you want to take CDTA between the hours or 8-5:30, its not horrible. But any other time or place, god help you.
By no means am I asking for the CDTA to be like the MTA, or DC Metro, as that would be obviously unobtainable. But, simple things that CDTA could do to increase rider ship would be to have some bus lines that run through the inner core of the city to run past 10:00 which many of them stop at.
This makes me every day to figure out what I have to do throughout the day, and if there is any possibility that I would stay downtown later then just for work, as in many instances this would cause me to resort to using my car. I’m not asking for 24 hour service, and all routes, but having them run so I don’t have to worry about this would be great.
For instance, this morning I was going to New York for work. As the good environmentally conscious person I am, I chose to take Amtrak instead of driving down to New York. But, as I researched the possibility of taking the CDTA from my apartment to the Train Station in Rennselear, I found that not only could I not take the bus going, I also could not get it coming back. Honestly? The best part of they story is that CDTA owns the train station, so you would think they would want to encourage people to ride CDTA to the train station then the 3 routes that go there now. On the way over I can partially understand as I am taking an early train, but I am coming back at 10:30-11ish…Not that late. Why can’t CDTA run a shuttle across the Dunn Memorial Bridge from the Empire State Plaza to the train station starting an hour before the 1st train out, and an hour after the last train arriving? If they could make it more affordable than the gouging prices of Metroland Taxi, everyone would win. In fact, I have a great idea, build a automatic shuttle that goes across the partially built “Bridge to nowhere” portion of the Dunn Memorial Bridge, that goes back and forth between the Train Station, and the Capitol, Empire State Plaza, and Downtown. Now I am no city planner, so I can’t tell you the cost of this exactly, but according to my engineering friends, this would be about the cost, or less than a convention center. I think my plan is better than the Tan Man. What do you think?
This is only the first rant on Public Transportation. Don’t fret, there are more to come.
Today’s Rant will be short but:
Today, United Airlines announced that they would charge $15 for the first checked piece of luggage on all flights. This has been after they announced charging for the first one, along with every other airline but Southwest Airlines. The thing that aggravates me is the fact that even though this is all the case, air travel is still extremely expensive (for the base price ticket). I am OK with this, along with the charging for the frills on an airline, SWA has been doing it for years. But, my question is how Ryan Air in Europe can charge so little for flights, and have similar expenses. I just looked at flights from London to Rome, and one flight was 0.89 GBP, or $1.80! Thats right, for less than a Big Mac, you could be flying from London to Rome. I have part of an explanation on this, but that will be for a later rant on Trains, and Public Transportation.
Which brings me to truly question why this is the case? I understand a big part of the price is fuel, but not that much. I wonder if there was less administration, payouts, and pensions could this work? Or is it a problem of competition? Stay tuned to my future rant on Transportation to find out.
So, I decided, I am going to start a new feature, my latest rants. For those of you with Google Readers, you may just want to mark as read and move on, those who want a little entertainment, read on.
The Albany Convention Center is by far the most ridiculous proposal I have ever heard come out of the City of Albany. After many years of planning and designs for this monstrosity, I still don’t know what the point is. The idea is that if you build it, they will come. Don’t get me wrong, I think many organizations come to Albany, but aren’t the existing places big enough? Why do we need to have more destruction of historical buildings, or greenspace to further The Tan Man’s Plan?
I don’t know about you, but If I was looking at a place for a national conference, or something that would be the approximate size of the convention center, here are just a few of my options: Orlando, Anaheim, Chicago, New York, Washington, Branson, Austin, Las Vegas, Boston, and Albany. Well, after I find out Branson is full for the week of my conference, my obvious next choice is Albany…Why? I want my members to experience Albany in February. Maybe this isn’t a bad idea if I was heading up an Amway conference, because if you can put up with Albany in February, you can sell ice cubes to Eskimos. I don’t want them to enjoy themselves in Vegas, or Orlando. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of things to do in Albany, and a lot of great things at that, but I just don’t think the market is there, despite what the Tan Man says.