First, ratpag wants to be clear: we’re only celebrating our 102nd post – not a LIRR strike or Yellowstone transit, which is nonexistent. So let’s start from the top…
Part of ratpag’s staff was on a fact-finding mission in the Rockies last week when our 100th post was recorded. Now, it’s no secret that ratpag likes to celebrate – it’s the rare chance that we get to talk about ourselves and our impressive accomplishments in so short a time. So we set aside celebrations until the entire team was back. The problem is that another part of the ratpag team is selfishly about to become a father for the first time and so now what do we do? We’ve made this poll:
As ratpag is something of a democracy-dictatorship hybrid, we’ll let you, the reader, decide what should be celebrated and celebrate based off of that (of course, being a democracy-dictatorship, we reserve the right to celebrate however we choose – usually decided on a whim – and may even forget that this poll ever happened!).
In other news, our New Jersey correspondent relayed the news that the Long Island Rail Road may be headed for a strike in just under a month. The Daily News reported on Friday that a “strike by Long Island Rail Road workers is ‘100 percent’ certain unless a higher authority, such as Gov. Cuomo, helps break the impasse.” This came after a meeting between the MTA and the unions broke down after 90 minutes.
We’re pretty pro-union here at ratpag (with the exception of our unpaid interns) but we’re also pretty pro-fully-operating-transit, so we’ll allow ourselves a little extra time to really read up on what exactly is going on here. The New York Times has some good information while the New York Post takes to calling railroad workers millionaires (a big problem ratpag has with this column is this line about why should railroad workers enjoy things like “pension and health benefits that normal people can only dream of” – as if workers with pensions and health benefits should go backwards and down to the unacceptable levels that so many workers in this country experience – much of that due to the decline in unions. But that may be for another website…).
Finally, as mentioned earlier, part of ratpag enjoyed a fact-finding mission in the Rockies last week and we were shocked to find how little public transit there was in Yellowstone National Park. Of course, being larger than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island (and Providence Plantations) combined, it would probably be a bit tough to institute a bus system of some sort along its 466 miles of roads. Probably best to stick to the 1,000 miles of backcountry trails.
So, in the end, we have nothing to report on Yellowstone or Grand Teton public transportation as none exists. The closest we found were the Jackson, WY taxi services, which can be found via business card from a park ranger ($110 for a group of 4), motel front desk ($70 for a group of 4), or drunkenly flagged down in the street (allegedly $60 for a group of 4). And thus concludes another write-off. Enjoy these pics!