This morning everywhere I look someone is hating on the impending MTA fare hikes accompanied by a generous cut in service. What do these naysayers have to say? Nothing we all weren't thinking. Over at flavorwire, author Carrie Tucker of I love Geeks fame, expresses her outrage quite nicely in an interview:
FW: You are a superhero vigilante who fights for the rights of the downtrodden and jobless. If you had to pound on the villains behind our economic crisis, who are the baddies you would target and which of your powers would you use to dole out furious justice?
CT: One of my biggest targets would be the [New York Metropolitan Transit Authority]. I HATE the MTA. Total crooks who drove themselves into billions of dollars of debt just because they mismanaged a budget (well, OK, and relied on real-estate revenue), and then turned around and said, “Hey, Citizens of New York, how’s about you pay a lot more for your public transportation and get service cuts so we can cover our asses? What, you don’t like it? Then we’ll toll your East River bridges too, how’s about that?” I imagine them as cigar-chomping villains, with red eyes and smoke coming out of their asses. I’d have to go the “Death Note” approach here. I’d have to say that I’d go ahead and [write] an actual death note like the heroes [on that show] do, on the MTA. How would that solve the problem? I’ve no idea, but it sure would make me feel better, damn it! for more geekiness click here.
Over at the New York Times Miranda Purves “wanted to find some way to convey the less tangible costs of service cuts and fare hikes.” The resulting project, created in collaboration with illustrator Jason Logan, is a series of simple, yet telling text-based graphics that provide a brief glimpse into the lives of some of the individuals being effected. So here's a visual image of how much people think this fare hike will suck. You can see more of the pics here. But you get gist, people need these services. Thanks for nothing MTA.