Re: [carfree_cities] Montreal Gazette: public transit and strikes
- Fair wages and labor policies might be the way to address this, no? And
an automated system can be shut down by a handful of IT workers not
Subways in Japan have a crew of three on most lines: driver and one
extra crew whose function was not evident to me in the lead cab, and
conductor in the rear cab. This was on private, profit-making lines.
Of course, in Japan production/management wage differentials are far
smaller than in the US; about 1:10, as opposed to the 1:1000 ratio
typical here for large companies. This makes for less righteous
jealousy and fewer strikes.
J.H. Crawford wrote:
> Chris Miller said:--
>>Here's an important topic related to public transit, and one that Joel
>>touches on in the _Carfree Cities_ book. If you build a carfree city,
>>or convert a large existing city so that it needs to rely on public
>>transit as the most effective way of moving people, how do you keep the
>>city from being disrupted or paralysed by labor troubles? Do you need
>>to ensure that everything is automated? Do you have to put in place
>>special essential services legislation to cover transit workers? Since
>>I don't know of any city anywhere with fully automated public transit,
>>I assume this is a problem that has to be dealt with nearly anywhere.
> Fully-automated systems are now in use in Lyon and Lille. There may be
> other examples. BART was built to run in full-automatic, and did, in fact,
> for a while, until a couple of accidents. Today I believe there are
> drivers in all trains, but they just watch.
> J.H. Crawford Carfree Cities
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