The Olympic Bus Snafu

Jim Nantz jimnantz at NETWRX.NET
Tue Jul 23 22:23:27 MDT 1996

If you've kept up with the media coverage of the olympics you might have
heard of the incredible screw ups involving the bus transportation.  I read
an article in the Tuesday July 23 Daily Telegraph of London.  That article
told about some British atheletes who almost couldn't get transportation to
thier events.  I've seen reports now about people who couldn't get a bus
from where they were staying to where the event was that they had tickets
for.  One disgruntled tourist said "This is outrageous.  They had 6 years to
get ready for this."

>From the reports I've seen this sort of  thing isn't rare.  I was thinking
about how could a city screw up something that would give them this much
exposure then I remembered.  Atlanta is run by Democrats.  Then It clicked -
what should I expect from a bunch of socialists.  Now you and I know that if
a private company had 6 years to be ready for this, they would have.  A
private company is motivated by profit.  So the owner of a bus company would
do whatever he or she could to take care of the increased demand.  A private
company would acquire extra busses, and hire extra drivers to ensure there
would be enough busses to take care of the demand.

This whole situation shows once again that Ronald Reagan was right when he
said "Government is not the solution to the problem.  Government is the
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