Alan Walker 
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Re: “Sun Tran Strike Opinion Piece: The Bus Buck Stops Where?

No qualified driver will cross the picket line for what Transdev is offering. Temporary drivers will be terminated at the end of the strike or leave of their own accord for the most part. All of the union drivers and mechanics will return to their work and most new hires will join the union. There are better commercial driving jobs out there that CDL holders can get without having to cross a picket line. Plus there's already a driver shortage, so think about that.

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Posted by Alan Walker on 08/21/2015 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Sun Tran Strike Opinion Piece: The Bus Buck Stops Where?

Here's some food for thought...almost all of the mass transit (not public transit) systems that operate today in major cities were originally privately owned and operated transportation companies. Most electric utilities were originally subsidiaries of street railways and subways/elevated railways who found that they could make more money selling power to industrial customers and residential customers than off fares. Only three major subways-NYC's Independent Subway; LA's Gold Line and the Washington Metro were built by government. The two major NYC subways (Brooklyn Metropolitan Transit and the Interborough Rapid Transit) were privately financed and operated for several decades. The Metropolitan Line in London (the world's first subway) was constructed and operated by a private corporation.

In many other advanced countries, the mass transit systems are privately built and privately operated and provide a far better service than we have. The big difference is the regulatory policies they have versus ours. Ours punished successful companies to be either transportation companies or utilities. Most chose to sell off their transportation departments, knowing that the governments would have to subsidize them as they would no longer be subsidized by the profits that the companies had previously made by selling electricity to a growing community of consumers who would also require convenient, comfortable transportation from their new suburban homes to their places of employment. Those same companies made reasonable efforts to provide for the comfort and safety of their staff, providing refreshment rooms at major terminals where the crews could relax between runs. A rested driver is more attentive to his duties and more courteous to the patrons. The conditions that transit employees must endure at Sun Tran are certainly less than ideal. Sun Tran could have done a lot to improve the conditions for the workers and they have not.

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Posted by Alan Walker on 08/20/2015 at 10:03 PM

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