PATH problems: Yeah, so?

PATH problems – a fact of life

PATH problems not a big deal in Hoboken NJ and NYCSo the “big news story” the past couple days is this stupid socialized transportation method called the PATH train. They had mechanical problems (just like any individual can have with their car, appliance, or what have you). It should be understood that a complex apparatus, device or mode of transport (like the PATH train) can be compromised at ANY time. That’s life, that’s physics, that is absolute reality.

But people are complaining left and right. All sorts of “buzz” about the fact that the train had problems. Why is that?

  • Routine: People are used to their daily grind. Day in and day out, they plan their days, have their schedules “perfected,” and expect everything to work. When something goes awry, they’re downright incapable of adapting, and bitch and moan as a result.
  • Political opportunity: Any seasoned “politician” (i.e., psychopath) never “lets an opportunity go to waste.” Which is why Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop had to “blast” the Port Authority. Cheap shot, in my opinion. Shit happens, Steve – you better hope you never make a mistake. Ever. Because you’ll get a taste of your own medicine. Even more so now that you opened your mouth. Learn to cooperate and have compassion for complicated situations…
  • End of the world. Not the end of the world. “Media” outlets love shit like this. Gives them tons of filler material with the hopes viewership / readership increases. Every fucking last detail about a stupid choo-choo train. He said. She said. Twitter comments. “Takes social media by storm.” Guess what? It’ll be forgotten a day or two after the problem is solved.

A better way to handle over-blown disruptions?

For one, people should get used to having what boils down to minor disruptions to their daily lives. Look at each one like they’re learning opportunities. A way to keep you on your toes, to avoid the depths of complacency and routine. What’s wrong with being prepared, or having a backup plan? Why should a hiccup in your daily routine cause distress? A prepared individual wouldn’t complain whatsoever. In fact they’d welcome the challenge and appreciate the exercise.

Additionally, it should remind you that you ought to “practice” other ways of getting around. Like if you take the train daily, why not mix it up every few days, by taking the bus, ferry, car service or any other way to get to Manhattan? I mean other than cost (the PATH is one of the cheapest ways to get to NYC), you should all be “experts” on every known way to commute into the city.

And if you’re barely making the rent (but have an iPhone 6) and events like this throw you for a loop – perhaps you need to re-evaluate your life in general. Especially if you’re a slave to a job that chastises you for being late, or whatever (although you really have no excuse.)

Counterpoint: The Port Authority

Port Authority Hoboken NJ PATH train disruptionOkay, now that I got that out of the way, let’s take a stab at the Port Authority.

We all know it’s a BLOATED organization that won’t even allow itself to get audited. God only knows how much money is being laundered, handed out to cronies, stolen, squandered away.

The astronomical tolls at local bridges and tunnels, along with the rising fares certainly gives some of you justification for your dissatisfaction with “what you get for your money.” You want impeccable, if not PERFECT service, right?

But at the same time – you all enable it. You’re full-blown ENABLERS! Yes, that is a FACT. You pay the tolls, take their trains and so on. It’s not like you don’t have a CHOICE. You do. It’s called the NY Waterway Ferry. Or finding a job elsewhere that doesn’t require paying them that “ransom” to get from point A to point B.

Sure, the ferry is a LOT more expensive, and jobs elsewhere may be less lucrative. But what do you think would happen if all of a sudden, “revenue” from bridges, tunnels and trains goes down 50%? Or 75%? You’d be STARVING THE BEAST, and you’d certainly see some positive changes as a result. Imagine that? Same actually applies to any over-grown, bloated and draconian organization (like mainstream media, movies, sports, etc. – but that may be too much for most of you to “swallow,” although you’re already swallowing a load and don’t even realize it. Haha!)

But it will NEVER happen. Ever. Because God forbid you get thrown off your daily and convenient routine, and all the other things you’ve been conditioned into thinking you “need.”

How do you think that “beast” called the Port Authority will ever become “de-authoritized?”

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5 Comments on "PATH problems: Yeah, so?"

HansBrix
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HansBrix

Of course it’s a good idea to stress test those alternate options. When the 5th full bus passes your stop without slowing, and you’re 30th on line, it will dawn on you that a PATH outage affects the other options too.

PetPal
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PetPal

The NJT buses are running lean, doubt even with a contingency plan they can respond to fulfill the added demand in an instant. Best stress test is to work from home and see if your employer will be amicable about it. The NJT buses in Hoboken are pathetic.[quote comment=”223842″]Of course it’s a good idea to stress test those alternate options. When the 5th full bus passes your stop without slowing, and you’re 30th on line, it will dawn on you that a PATH outage affects the other options too.[/quote]

The Professor
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The Professor

Hoboken residents have so many transit options – bus, ferry, car in addition to the PATH. Why not take the opportunity to go a different way, stop someplace new, and explore a little? 9 times out of 10 I am thinking people at work in NYC will understand delays related to a mode of transit being closed. I would enjoy it.

212transplant
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212transplant

Some people aren’t cut out for city living.

Frankie
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Frankie

Ferry all the way, and worth every penny.

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