What’s wrong with a NYers take on the BART strike
"The tech executive assumes that people who are stranded by BART can simply arrange for an alternative way of getting to their destination. (Incidentally, his company is also the one running a helicopters-for-commuters promotion to take advantage of the BART strike.) But the Oakland resident doesn’t work at Google or Facebook, where free shuttle service is provided, and she can’t easily get herself around by car. For the tech executive, a BART strike is an annoyance. For the salon worker, it’s a threat to basic existence.”
Kevin Roose penned a piece in New York about the current BART strike that’s making life incredibly difficult for anyone who relies on the service as part of his or her daily routine.
His larger point is a valid one — that the privatization of transit means that for upper-income Bay Area residents, the strike may be felt less severely than it is for lower-income residents.
But the two points he contrasts are a tech executive and a salon worker in Oakland. Do we believe the that the tech executive would be taking BART normally? Most likely not. Why not quote regular folks — even regular folks who work in the tech industry — to illustrate some of the more complicated aspects of his premise. People who work downtown for startups take BART from Oakland, Berkeley, the Mission and the Peninsula. And most likely for the vast majority of workers in tech or otherwise, taking a Lyft for $15 each way (this is within SF) isn’t sustainable. Are people ride-sharing without these apps? Are they working from home? Are they commuting at off hours?
Not all tech workers take shuttles to work. And not all non-tech workers find a BART strike a “threat to basic existence”. The generalizations in this piece mostly serve to make the NY-based author sound like he doesn’t know the Bay Area nearly as well as he thinks he does, nor as well as the many, many people — tech workers or not — whose daily lives are affected by the ongoing BART strike.
*incidentally, of the ride-sharing apps he describes, one is a cab company (Flywheel) and two are the same company (Lyft and Zimride, with Zimride no longer being in service).
I recognize that as a runner, I’m supposed to be supportive of ALL runners… but:
1. I finished Bay 2 Breakers about 1 second ahead of a man who appears to weigh 300 lbs (and looks to be EXTREMELY happy about finished).
2. The lady behind me appears to be about to throw up, just a few seconds from crossing the finish line.
Another successful year!
How are you supposed to remember the name of how you want your coffee brewed before you’ve had caffeine?
My life, in a pie chart (minus spring crushes, plus 30 percent off sale at J Crew) (via The Lean In Pie | The Hairpin)