City war plan for transit walkout
BY MICHAEL SAUL and PETE DONOHUE
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
The city has begun preparing for a possible transit strike that would leave millions of New Yorkers stranded in the middle of the holiday season, the Daily News has learned.
With the transit workers contract set to expire Dec. 15 and a top union leader refusing to rule out an illegal walkout, city leaders are putting together a contingency plan, expected to include:
# Banning cars without passengers from entering Manhattan.
# Creating car pool-staging areas in the Shea and Yankee stadium parking lots, among other areas.
# Allowing yellow cabs to pick up additional street hails with paying customers already onboard.
# Prohibiting truck deliveries to Manhattan during peak commuting hours.
# Urging authorities who run the ferries, PATH trains and commuter railroads to increase service.
Members of the city's Office of Emergency Management and Transportation Department, the NYPD and other city agencies have held at least two recent meetings to gear up for a walkout - which would come amid record ridership expected with the TA's holiday MetroCard discounts, sources said.
Giuliani bullied the TWU in 1998, and managed to avert a strike, at the cost of electing a more militant leadership.
Bloomberg is far more likely to push the sides to come to an agreement, and has the power to do so. A Christmas time transit strike could cost the city billions.
posted by Steve @ 9:41:00 AM