TransLink manages well on the first day back to school
Well, even I can give TransLink credit where credit is due: this morning's commuter crunch at Broadway-Commercial Station was hardly the nightmare I anticipated it would be.
After sitting and watching people run the 100-metre B-Line dash for almost two hours this morning, I must say that transit workers handled the back-to-school crush remarkably well. The longest line-up I saw was only 100 people deep, and no one waited for more than one B-Line to board.
There were some very sardinelike departures from the station, but buses were running pretty much back-to-back between 8 and 10 a.m.
Of course, this is only the first day of school for students this week; it's likely that the crowds will get deeper as the school year continues. After all, none of the cool kids go to class on the very first day.
An aside: how do I get to be a transit worker? I watched one man get paid to a) stand around chatting; b) read the newspaper cover to cover; and c) check his iPhone repeatedly. Hardest working man in transportation right there.