Metro-North spokesperson Dan Brucker says the MTA will distribute its take on swine flu today, and whether or not you should be riding the train these days. The info should be posted on the MTA.info website, and emailed to subscribers to its advisory service.
Of course, riders got a bit of a scare yesterday when Blabbin’ Joe Biden, he of the daily Amtrak commute to the capital, told Matt Lauer on Today that riding the subway might not be a good idea these days.
No-Train-Ridin’ Biden said:
“I would tell members of my family, and I have, I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now. It’s not that it’s going to Mexico, it’s you’re in a confined aircraft when one person sneezes it goes all the way through the aircraft. That’s me. I would not be, at this point, if they had another way of transportation suggesting they ride the subway. “
Biden’s camp later clarified his statement and told America to use common sense.
It’s worth noting that the 6:59 train last night was not full, and it usually is. Maybe it was a random thing, but it seems as though at least a few took Biden’s message to heart and either called in sick or drove.
Metro-North’s Brucker says the railroad has not seen a drop in ridership this week, only that ridership “has softened because of the economy” over the last few months.