Feb 10, 2010

Useless Lanta






Lanta Real Estate and Terminal Builders is closed for the day. At one point their mission was to provide transportation. At that time they took people to their jobs, and facilitated commerce in our center cities. Today they built terminals away from the main shopping streets, harvest grants and dabble in alternative transportation. Although the poor with no cars will not be able to get to work today, they may take consolation in Lanta's plans for hybrid fuel buses.

SYSTEM ALERT
**WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2010**
LANTA/Metro WILL NOT operate Wednesday, Feb 10th, 2010, due to weather conditions. No Bus Service. All offices are closed.

15 comments:

gary ledebur said...

Michael: The reason major transportation systems shut down is so that riders have advance notice and can plan accordingly. SEPTA, and I am sure LANTA, used to run buses and trains until they couldn't anymore leaving passengers stranded on cold vehicles and others at stations and bus stops. The policy of shutting down, with advance notice, in blizzards and record breaking snow storms is sound.

michael molovinsky said...

Gary; Lanta made the announcement this morning. although the newspaper web site was updated, it was too late to make the morning paper. i have no doubt that many people waited at bus stops for nothing. Lanta has become a handmaiden to the local politicos. use the search engine on this blog and learn how they destroyed the merchants of hamilton street, and now are preparing to do the same in easton.

Anonymous said...

A comment posted on the Call web site states a major insurance company located in Bethlehem Township is forcing its workers to
come in today. Perhaps someone here can verify.
We thought in a state of emergency, folks are not to be on the road unless they are first responders. Perhaps someone is
able to inform us of the rules & regulations for such matters.
Shame for the workers fearful of losing their jobs to risk life and injury to please
a corporation. Any comments welcome.

michael molovinsky said...

many people, the least of whom can afford it, will lose a day's pay because of lanta,

gary ledebur said...

Michael: ...it is still a good policy. It seems the execution of the policy in the Lehigh Valley is the problem. In Philadelphia the policy of advance notice of suspending service is a big improvement over the previous policy. As Thomas Jefferson said, "Bad execution of good law is worse than bad law."

Anonymous said...

We happened to read about the Lehigh Valley company ordering its workers in today. How will they get home?

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By Daniel Patrick Sheehan and Tracy Jordan Of The Morning Call

12:55 p.m. EST, February 10, 2010

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Gov. Edward G. Rendell ordered the closure of interstates 83, 78, and part of Interstate 81 beginning at 12:30 p.m. and is expected to close additional roads as conditions deteriorate. Interstate 81 is closed from the Maryland line to Interstate 80.

A second set of highways will be closed at 2 p.m.: Interstate 76 at Reading, and the Schuylkill Expressway and I-476 (Blue Route) in Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Turnpike will remain open for now but is not allowing tractor trailers or cars towing trailers. Speed limits have been reduced. Officials said 1,100 members of the National Guards have been activated to aid stranded motorists if necessary.

With hazardous weather conditions in much of the state, Rendell said it is too dangerous for any motorist to be driving.

"For your safety, do not drive," Rendell said. "You will risk your life and, potentially, the lives of others if you get stuck on highways or any road."

michael molovinsky said...

lanta should have purchased tire chains instead of bike racks, that way they could serve the public. rendell announced he's closing the interstates; i remember years ago when penndot used to plow roads.

buffalo has weather like this in the summer

Anonymous said...

"I remember when PennDot used to plow roads"

That's odd. I vaguely recall something like that, too.

I lived in Minneapolis for three or four years. Before Global Warming, too.

Any self-respecting Minnesotan will tell you flat out today is not that big deal if you are prepared and know what you are doing.

Thus, I tend to agree with the assessment of tire chains before bike racks.

RO

Anonymous said...

With hazardous weather conditions in much of the state, Rendell said it is too dangerous for any motorist to be driving.

"For your safety, do not drive," Rendell said. "You will risk your life and, potentially, the lives of others if you get stuck on highways or any road."

February 10, 2010 1:03 PM

We hope someone tomorrow reports that above mentioned insurance company to state officials.

Anonymous said...

Companies are closed, schools are closed, malls are closed. And you want to jeopardize the lives of bus drivers and those they may careen in to just to keep your vendetta against Lanta alive? Give it up already on the 6th and Linden transfer station. We love it. I assume you would rather have your sainted bus riders freeze on Hamilton St. rather than be warm and covered at the transfer center? Heck, they even have a minimarket and Dunkin Donuts there...with potty. I think Lanta made a great decision in moving there. Besides, the buses still go up and down 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th sts. So how hard is it to wait there if a rider doesn't want to go the the transfer center?

michael molovinsky said...

route 78 was open and maintained in new jersey. drivers heading west could go onto 22 till they reached where 22 and 78 merge west of allentown. rendell closed the highways because penndot failed a few years ago. i agree that drivers should be discouraged in this type of weather, but to close the interstates just subjects them to travel on secondary routes such as old 22.

michael molovinsky said...

anon 5:20, what good does a warm transfer station do if the buses aren't running? don't bother answering, i'm sure you don't ride the buses anyway.

Anonymous said...

gee, the airports all over the east coast were closed, too. Do you feel the pain of those folks, too, or just the low-rent types of allentown? I think this was the 2nd time in Lanta's history that they had to shut down completely.

michael molovinsky said...

anon 9:39, on wednesday Septa (philadelphia) ran all bus routes till 1:00 pm, then continued some till 5:00pm. Lanta didn't even start.

Anonymous said...

maybe 'demand' had something to do with that?