Saturday, May 21, 2011
Let’s say there’s a public transit line near your house. Your commute from home to work on this line will average about 40 minutes, door to door. Are you going to take it, or not?
Obviously, I haven’t given you enough information to answer the question. You’ll almost certainly take public transit if driving would take 60 minutes instead. And you’ll almost certainly avoid it if driving would take 15 minutes. If it is relatively close between the two, it would come down to factors like cost, comfort and reliability. The point is simply that you have a choice, and questions about the utility of a public transit system make sense only in the context of that choice.
According to transit police, a black female aged 15 to 17 with a black, blonde-streaked ponytail wearing a tan jacket, white shirt and light-colored calf-length pants was forcibly taken from a northbound Route 19 bus.
The Attorney General’s office says that two 27-year-olds from Revere ripped off the MBTA for $4 million in what’s believed to be the largest larceny scheme in the transit system’s history, but the lawyers for the pair say the two were part of a much bigger criminal enterprise.
In a frightening example of how the state is tightening its grip around the free Internet, it has emerged that You Tube is complying with thousands of requests from governments to censor and remove videos that show protests and other examples of citizens simply asserting their rights, while also deleting search terms by government mandate.