There is a disturbance in the Blurghosphere.
It's called No Commuter Left Behind, and simply by virtue of its name it's ripe for irony.
No Commuter Left Behind is brought to us by Ken Zapinski, who the blog states is senior vice president for transportation and infrastructure for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.
The best pieces we have read on the ACCD have all been written by the Angry Drunk Bureaucrat (UPDATE: at least most of them).
Zapinski got the idea for blogging, apparently, through commenting on Null Space. Thus began the Wonk Wars of 2008.
"Selective" cost of living adjustment is not just unfair but about as biased as you get. What is the cost of living adjusted base fare for PAT. And by the logic at hand, PAT should be complaining about how high their cost of living adjusted cost of diesel is which is much higher than elsewhere as well. That is a silly argument of course, or at least Mr. Exxon would not pay it much heed. But these simplistic benchmarking exercise are just as confusing.
Right after it came out the state folks who released that TFRC report told me they used the COLI adjustment, if you have some other report showing highest I have not seen it. But the COLI is clear that it is for professional households making migration decisions, which just does not apply in this case.
You really don't want try and argue the $700K housing in SF argument I am pretty sure. How many transit workers in San Francisco have had to buy $700K homes and pay mortgages for amounts that high. Most of them are in the inverse situation of having homes that have appreciated much more than local households here. So that big median value is a benefit to them, a benefit that most here have not had with our low housing appreciation.
Those have all the hallmarks of a commenter getting his or her face removed.
It was around then that our friend from the ACCD "agreed to disagree" with the gentleman from Null Space, wrote and published an op-ed in the Post-Gazette (than seemed to again use selective comparisons in lieu of broad data available from the National Transit Database), and launched his own blog.
So it's sort of the Allegheny Conference blog. But it's sort of not.
Thus far, No Commuter Left Behind has been attempting to make the case for steep labor concessions in the midst of our Port Authority's latest serious strike scare -- but has yet to suggest other ways of increasing operational efficiency throughout the organization. We've been going back and forth a bit in No Child's comments.
Mr. Briem has not yet elected to pursue.