…and that’s the whole point, isn’t it?
Wealthy employers (and our governor) can’t be bothered with mass transit and all the rest that are everyday problems for hoi polloi. Mass transit is for those people who were not successful enough to afford other means of travel. If there is a problem with mass transit, it is their problem, no one else’s. Of course, the good governor and our elected officials will do all they can for those people but in the end, those people need to make arrangements, allow more time for commuting, perhaps change their schedule, maybe pick up a gig job to pay for added costs of more efficient transportation.
But what if it was different? What if, as an employer, I was on the hook, so to speak, for any additional commuting time accrued by my employees who live, by all normal standards, thirty minutes away but because of poorly maintained trains, frozen tracks, or other such manageable problems, now take forty five minutes to commute? That’s an extra thirty minutes a day, two and a half hours each week. What if I, as their employer must now either pay them time and a half in overtime for the extra time they now must give up because of a poor mass transit system, or do I instead pay them forty hours of labor even though they are only laboring for me for thirty seven and a half hours?
What if I suffered instead of them?
My hunch is that if this were the case, the Greater Boston Area would have World Class Mass Transit, not to mention a highway and transportation infrastructure that was the envy of the planet.
To those who say that such a policy is not practicable, not traceable, not possible, let me simply remind you that in an age with GPS, AI, and virtually all of us carrying a device, this is completely doable.
The only thing we lack at this time is the collective voice to make it so.
Let’s start now.