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“Token” Opposition

January 5, 2011

Apropos to the recent MTA fare hikes comes this photo via a member of Transportation Alternatives’ Brooklyn Committee and the BPL Photo Collection.  Here’s the summary:

Token opposition–George Thomas, 45-year-old clerk of 205 Luquer St., demonstrates how to cope with increasesd transit fare. Thomas, employed by an insurance firm at 90 John St., Manhanttan, cycled over the Manhattan Bridge this morning.

Had today’s bike lanes–and Google Maps–existed in 1953, Thomas would have found his bike commute to be approximately 26 minutes, just slightly longer than taking the subway.  Given the cost of commuting in 2011, perhaps we’ll soon see some photos captioned, “MetroCard Opposition.”  Doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it?

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