Saturday, October 22, 2011

NY to B110 bus:stop sex segregation or we will shut you down shut down

Reuters reports that NY officials have threatened to close the illegally sex segregated B110 bus unless it ends its practice of requiring women passengers to sit in the back.

The Private Transportation Corp, which operates the city's public B110 bus under a franchise arrangement, has come under criticism following publicity about its practice of making women give up their seats in the front to promote Hasidic customs of gender separation.
New York City's Department of Transportation spokesman Scott Gastel said the agency's executive director Anne Koenig has asked the company to respond to the allegations and was waiting to hear back.
"Please be advised that a practice of requiring women to ride in the back ... would constitute a direct violation of your franchise agreement and may lead to termination of that agreement," Koenig wrote.
If such a violation is found, the franchise could be revoked, the DOT said in a statement.
The Private Transportation Corp declined comment.
The B110 bus runs through the sections of the borough of Brooklyn that are heavily populated by Orthodox Jews.
A student reporter at Columbia University in New York published a story about a woman told by other riders to give up her seat in the front. Other news organizations then sent reporters who encountered similar situations.
The B110 has been franchised to the Private Transportation Corp. since 1973. I wonder when the sex segregation practice started. Fanatical sex segregation among chasids seems to me to have escalated in the last decade or so. It was only recently that faceglat, a sex segregated facebook style social platform, was introduced for chasidic women and men. Until then, g-d forbid, they might have hit each other's 'like' buttons.

No comments:

Post a Comment