Elon Musks dismissal of modes of public transport as painful induced Twitter useds to share their narratives under the hashtag #GreatThingsThatHappenedonTransit
Elon Musk’s criticism of public transport has spurred an surge of floors of the connections and society organized in the middle of a” cluster of random strangers” on mass transit.
The billionaire entrepreneur had expressed arrogance for the disruption and cramped confines of mass transit- together with the health risks proximity to” serial killers”- responding to an gathering member’s debate about public transport and urban sprawl at the Neural Information Processing Systems conference in Long Beach, California, last week.
” I contemplate public transport is agonizing. It sucks ,” he said.” Why do you want to get on something with a lot of other beings, that doesn’t leave where you want it to leave, doesn’t start where you want it to start, doesn’t objective where you want it to end? And it doesn’t go all the time …
” It’s a pain in the ass ,” Musk concluded.” That’s why everyone doesn’t like it. And there’s like a cluster of random strangers, one of who might be a serial murderer- OK, enormous. And so that’s why people like individualised tote, that croaks whatever it is you want, when you are ready to .”
According to Wired’s report, Musk went on to dismiss the public member’s response that public transport apparently ran effectively in Japan:” What, where they cram people in the metro? That doesn’t sound great .”
The man worth US $20.6 bn may well have little in common with the average commuter. Even Musk’s ambitious dare to solve Los Angeles traffic with underground tunnels may prove to benefit no one more than himself: a Fast Company analysis of the proposed network found that it “conveniently” connects the SpaceX headquarters with his five residences in Bel Air.
On Twitter, Musk’s enthusiasm for
Tesla electric cars ” individualised freight” was widely censured as evidence of his being out of touching. Jarrett Walker, a public transport policy consultant from Portland, tweeted: “[ Musk’s] hatred of sharing opening with strangers is a indulgence( or pathology) that simply the rich can yield. Letting him design municipalities is the essence of privileged jutting .”
The response inspired Brent Toderian, a Vancouver-based municipality planner and urbanist, to appeal for people’s narrations of” great things that happened on transit” on Twitter- and Twitter has now come to transit’s defence.
” I expected a reaction, but the length and inspirational superpower of the response blew apart my expectancies ,” Toderian say Guardian Cities.
People from around the world shared their floors of deliveries and matrimonies, astonish reconnections, strangers’ kindnesses, and appropriately carnival applaud that had occurred on public transport.
” It wasn’t about reassuring Elon Musk, although that would be nice- a Christmas transit miracle, as it were ,” said Toderian.” Rather, it was about everyone else. Musk has a big megaphone, but together we have a bigger one .”
Eric Rapaport said he had been using public transportation separately in New York City since he was 10 years old. “Transit is freedom,” he wrote.” It is one step in becoming an adult .”
Julian King, in Auckland, New Zealand, saw the positive story of public transport as a short and simple one:” I go an electrical civilize to the city. It was $3. And quicker than driving. And I didn’t have to common it. The expiration .”