Thousands of persons who had stayed home Monday thronged into the business districts of New York City Tuesday despite and bus and subway strike that has eliminated virtually all mass transportation.
Thousands of persons who had stayed home Monday thronged into the business districts of New York City Tuesday despite and bus and subway strike that has eliminated virtually all mass transportation. Their action led to some monumental traffic jams at bridge and tunnel approaches to Manhattan. Many people simply walked - others double up in car pools - still others shared taxis - and a few rode bicycles and motor scooters.
While New Yorkers made their way to work by hook or by crook, the leader of the striking Transport Workers Union, Michael Quill, waited for sheriffs to arrest him for defying an anti-strike court injunction. He was not disappointed. He was hustled off with eight other union officials to Civil Prison where he will have to remain, without bail, until the strike is settled.
Quill said secondary union officials would carry on negotiations with the New York City Transit Authority, operator of the buses and subways. Negotiators seemed as far apart as ever in reaching a settlement on wages and working hours.
It was estimated that half the seven million daily riders of the transit system heeded Mayor John Lindsay's advice to stay home Monday. But there was so little congestion Monday that many more were encouraged to come in Tuesday. It was estimated that only about one-third stayed home Tuesday despite the mayor's continued insistence that all non-essential workers remain off the streets.
As the traffic jams build up, city authorities again considered banning all but vital traffic from the streets, at least of Manhattan.
Quill said he would "rot" in jail and he told a news conference that the judge who sent him there could "drop dead". There was considerable speculation that with Quill in jail negotiations would be impeded.