Friday, March 11, 2016

Remembering Past Transit Strikes

Thank goodness there will be no New Jersey Transit strike was averted with a tentative settlement announced this evening.  I have to think back to some transit strikes of the past:

  • January 1, 1966 - John Lindsay had just become Mayor of NYC while the flamboyant Michael Quill led the Transport Workers Union to a very bitter strike.  It was in the dead of winter as commuters had to make other arrangements.  I was a student at Forest Hill High School at the time.
  • April 1 1980 - I was living in Queens at the time and commuted to Schering in Bloomfield, NJ. On the first day of the strike I woke up at 4 AM and waited for the Q60 bus which was running since it was a private bus at that time.  I couldn't get on the bus, but somebody in a car picked me up and left me off near the PATH on 33rd Street.  I then made it into work.  I stayed with a colleague in Ridgewood, NJ until the weekend.  I went home and then during the second week I drove to Maplewood, NJ and stayed with another colleague until the strike ended.  That was bad.
  • December 20, 2005 - this was described in Bruce's Journal.  I was working at NJIT at the time and took a few vacation days.  Thankfully this strike was short.

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