The Olympic Bus Snafu

Dennis Putnam putnamd at ATLODBS1.HAYES.COM
Wed Jul 24 06:36:53 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
> problem."

Actually, they did hire extra drivers and busses for the Olympics. Unfortunately
my understanding is that a number of drivers walked off the job after the first
day. I haven't heard why but I think the majority were school bus drivers
hired locally for the Olympics.

Dennis Putnam, Manager
Technical Planning and Services
Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc.

Opinions expressed are mine and should not be viewed as an official positon of
Hayes or its management.

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