We Still Need Commuter Trains
February 9, 2021
Think We'll All Work From Home From Now On? Think Again.
by Jim Mathews / President & CEO
I'm still fighting the wrong-headed perception that one of the coronavirus pandemic's lessons is that we don't need to travel for work anymore. Thankfully, however, a daily parade of Work From Home Fails continues to offer us all reminders that not everyone's job can be done remotely -- and even if it CAN be done remotely, sometimes it's a bad idea.
For your consideration, click here to watch as a hapless attorney tries to participate in a hearing -- before an actual judge -- through Zoom. Evidently someone had an entertaining filter set up before he logged on and, well...just watch it yourself. I'm willing to bet this poor fellow would give anything right now to be able to show up in person to work.
And, laughter aside, there are millions of people who rely on public transportation to get to and from work, many of whom are waiting out the pandemic and doing their best to work from home with mixed results. Congress is considering a $30 billion injection for our Nation's transit systems as part of a Covid rescue package. I think we know at least one person who can't wait for the pandemic to be over...
"When [NARP] comes to Washington, you help embolden us in our efforts to continue the progress for passenger rail. And not just on the Northeast Corridor. All over America! High-speed rail, passenger rail is coming to America, thanks to a lot of your efforts! We’re partners in this. ... You are the ones that are going to make this happen. Do not be dissuaded by the naysayers. There are thousands of people all over America who are for passenger rail and you represent the best of what America is about!"
Secretary Ray LaHood, U.S. Department of Transportation
2012 NARP Spring Council Meeting