||[Dec. 15th, 2008|05:49 pm]
Why the fuck does Metro Transit think that the appropriate response to adverse weather is to make me walk a mile in sub-freezing temperatures to get home from the bus, instead of the usual few blocks?|
I've been home for nearly half an hour, and I can still feel the chill in my hands and face.
Because Metro consistently fails on almost every level?
This is actually one of the first times I've had cause to complain about them. (The other times have been the occasional "whoops, that bus you were waiting for? We're not going to bother; you can wait for the next one" type problems.)
Admittedly, this may come from my office building being literally on top of a bus-tunnel stop. I can usually take a bus straight from there to the main intersection a few blocks from my house. But this jackassery is a problem.
Seattle transportation collectively throws up its hands and says "Well, that's it - we're fucked." whenever snow starts falling from the sky. This time? It stuck Sunday night, melting just enough to turn into fucking ice on Monday.
I can see where they're coming from, in terms of not sending a bus around its usual route near my house (which is rather hilly). But they could have certainly found another way to get there - it's not like every route is hill-laden.
I'm also very much looking forward to Seattle starting up its light rail installation next year, although for now it's just downtown to the airport (and stops in between).
Dude, that sucks.
It's times like these that I really dig this whole SoCal thing.
And to think, I moved here from Michigan to get away from this shit.
I'm still amazed at how paralyzed Seattle (not just Metro/Sound Transit) will get at a dusting of snow. Heck, I'm surprised at how badly people drive in the rain here.
The rain is what really confuses me. You'd think that with rain 200 days out of the year here, people'd be a little more used to it.
Wait, what? They run fewer stops in inclement weather? That's... wow.
And I imagine cold weather in Seattle is gross and clammy...
It's not a matter of fewer stops - it's actually a different route entirely. The bus never got anywhere near my house - I got off at the closest point I could.
They do that to me every time there is a hint of ice. Admittedly, the hill they have to come down in pretty steep, and busses are pretty heavy, and I know I wouldn't want to drive a bus down Madison into Madison Valley with ice on the ground ... I just want them to let me know. If they deem it to be dangerous, they'll stop at Madison and 23rd. My bus stop is at Madison and 28th. That's diagonal, so it's close to eight blocks, but it's eight blocks I wouldn't really mind walking as long as someone came along and told me I had to. Especially if they came around and told me before I stood at the bus stop for half an hour, freezing.
Anyway, where I live, by Monday, there wasn't even a hint, wasn't even a wish or a glimmer or a vague idea of ice on the road. So why, oh why, didn't the 7:45 or the 8:00 bus come? Why did we have to wait for the 8:15 bus to show up at 8:20 to squeeze three busses worth of people on board? Grarrrr!
Yeah, it took me 3:15 to get to work this morning and about 2:30 to get home. I waited 1:20 in the transit tunnel this morning for my second bus, and had the same thing happen yesterday, but with less time to wait.