Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tape Recorded Guides?

Grey Line May Replace Guides With Tape Recordings

There actually are already Double-Deckers that use recordings now, like Big Taxi Tours. They suck. Nobody rides them even though they're cheaper. The market has decided this is a bad idea.

But Monopolies - like the one Twin America has on the Double-Decker Tour Bus Industry - can afford to ignore the market.

If this goes through what will happen (in addition to your tour being worse and jobs being lost), is that the bus drivers are going to be expected to do the job of the tour guide - answer questions, give directions, take abuse (and often times all in a foreign language). Driving a bus through Manhattan is difficult and stressful enough without this. With this, it's an impossible job to do safely. Getting rid of the guides is not only stupid, it's dangerous. It's going to lead to more accidents, not to mention more delays and traffic jams as drivers deal with confused or frustrated tourists.




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