Emily Badger har skrevet en glimrende artikkel om mennesker som ønsker å komme fortere til jobb, og dermed trenger medpassasjerer for å bruke designerte filer på veien. (Har du kjørt i USA vet du hva jeg snakker om). Artikkelen ‘Slugging – The People’s Transit’ går nå rundene, mottar glimrende kritikk for dybden hun går i:
And two women get in the van, heading, presumably, for Horner Road. Several more cars pull up: a Ford Explorer, a Toyota Camry, a Saturn minivan. Each collects a pair of passengers and pulls out past the intersection for the on-ramp onto State Route 110, which leads three miles to the south, past the Pentagon and onto Interstate 395/95 and its glorious 28 miles of uninterrupted, controlled-access, high-occupancy vehicle lanes.
The queue of cars eventually backs up around the corner, and the line of passengers on the sidewalk ebbs. In a few minutes, the balance shifts again. Within half an hour, nearly 50 cars will have come through, capped by a dusty Ford F-250 pickup truck.
“I don’t care where we go,” yells the driver. “I just need two people!”
And off the three go toward the highway — and the suburbs — complete strangers, with not the least concern for personal safety, trying to shave 20 or 30 minutes, maybe more, off their afternoon trip home. “People are cooperating … to commute?” says Marc Oliphant, underscoring the novelty of what is going on here. “It’s like the opposite of road rage!”
Oliphant has brought a dozen local and federal transportation officials to the sidewalk here to gawk at the commuters. No one would believe this sight unseen: People here have created their own transit system using their private cars. On 13 other corners, in Arlington and the District of Columbia, more strangers — Oliphant estimates about 10,000 of them every day — are doing the same thing: “slugging.”
Ja, bilkulturen i by-Amerika er litt annen enn i Oslo, men prinsippet er universalt. Samtidig som kollektivtransporten i de fleste amerikanske byer er forferdelig.
Logoen over, forresten, laget jeg for et skoleprosjekt ved NTNU, og hele forretningsplanen var lagd flere måneder før vulkanen på Island våknet. Husker du hvor mange som var avhengig av haik?
(Grafikk: Marius Strand)