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20Dec/050

The Transit Strike is on

strike contingency plan

25 years ago, New York came to a halt for 11 days.

Today, we begin the ritual again. Sources say the Transit Strike is on. Now, at 2AM, Announcements are expected any minute.

Both NY1 and twuLocal100.org are having trouble loading pages, suffering from a Slashdot like "strikedotting" as everyone in NYC refreshes the page in hopes of some concrete news one way or the other. After all this chest beating by both sides, we're all sick of waiting.

This time, telecommuting, vpns, remote email, and holiday vacation time make it much more manageable for the average office joe to handle the strike, at least for a few days. The most affected will be the businesses in Manhattan who will be robbed of the frantic last minute Christmas shopping sales. Shop owners in the outer boroughs will probably be extremely happy with the added foot-traffic that tomorrow's "Strike-day shoppers" will bring.

I'm toying with the idea of setting up a temporary Transit Strike podcast. I'll let you know if I go ahead with it, but if I do, it will be at http://www.glitchnyc.com/TransitStrikePodcast

The podcast would consist of daily news updates, interviews with union picketers, affected business owners, and commuters just getting around any way possible. What do you think, is anyone interested?

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