Mariella Pallazzo is a Queens resident who, according to public records, lives north of the LIE but south of Flushing Meadows. Her nearest subway stops are a bus ride away, and Pallazzo, according to the Daily News, commutes to her job in Midtown on the X51, a bus that will make its latest express ride this evening. Her 35-minute, one-seat ride will soon become significantly longer.
In speaking with the News today, Pallazzo bemoaned the service cuts. “I’m so depressed about it. It’s going to be so inconvenient,” she said. “The No. 7 train is so crowded and packed. I’m thinking of driving to work.” Pallazzo is an administrative assistant, and it’s unlikely she can afford to costs in terms of time, gas, tolls and $30-a-day Midtown parking rates on a daily basis. She’ll probably just take a bus to the 7 and weather the crowds.
Her attitude though is illustrative of many people’s approach to service cuts. People use transit in New York City because it’s cheap, efficient and quick. It allows them to avoid traffic and travel long distances in short order. It allows the city to function. When services are cut, workers from all walks of life and businesses along with them suffer. With two subways and numerous buses set for their final rides this evening, today is a sad day in the history of transit in New York. Despite Albany’s best wishes, the MTA is not bluffing, and the city will be worse off for it come Monday.