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Q: What's the difference between people standing in line after a Twins game for an hour waiting to get on a light rail train to their cars and people standing in line in old East Berlin waiting an hour to buy soap and toilet paper?

A: They let you smoke in the line in East Berlin.

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wat?

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Went to the Twins game today, and since I had about 1.5 hours to kill before my train was scheduled to leave, got to observe the folks waiting for the light rail train heading east/south. They were stacked up 10 across for blocks, and stood in line for an extremely long time waiting to board. This was at about 2:30 in the afternoon, not rush hour.

One may arguably propose that there are social benefits of mass transit. Watching the lines today (and on other occasions) I couldn't help but think how much the socialists among us enjoy seeing the population all levelled out. The rich man has to stand in line just like the poor man to get transported. RT Rybak and his fellow Europhiles are systematically reducing permits for private motor vehicle parking downtown, in order to force more folks to embrace the bike and train system. Can't help but think that's the real objective here.

And yes, smoking is banned on all the light rail and commuter rail platforms, despite the fact that they're outdoors and unroofed, and you could certainly stand at the far end and not bother anyone while smoking.

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They need a mechanism to add more cars to the toy train on game days, obviously. I suppose it doesn't really have the pulling power, however?

There's got to be thousands of idle schoolbuses, and schoolbus drivers right now. Seems like they could be enlisted in the effort to transport sports fans back to from whence they came - park and ride lots, shopping malls, etc?

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It doesn't have to be an evil plot. It's possible that people who live in the southern suburbs detest driving in downtown Minneapolis so much that they take advantage of being able to park at the MOA and take the train in. Hell, I lived in Robbinsdale and considered parking at MOA to take the train in. Driving and parking in downtown sucks big, hairy donkey balls.

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I follow your logic completely, Prae. In fact, as I pointed out, I was riding the train myself, albiet the North Star Line.

Guess my point is that the folks who are promoting this concept where you do office work on your laptop, sip chablis, and write poetry while riding mass transit aren't telling folks about the standing in line for an hour to ride the train part. Personally, even as much as the driving and parking sucks, I'd rather be sitting in my air conditioned car for an hour rather than sweltering in a cattle line for the privilege of sitting next to a crazy drunk on the train. Or watching one beating off under his blanket, along with the little kids in our train car, as we did at the last Twins game. I got so weary of both the wait and the show that I seriously considered catching a couple of cats, tying their tails together, and tossing them under the blanket just to see how that worked out for him.

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Or watching one beating off under his blanket, along with the little kids in our train car, as we did at the last Twins game



At some point citizens need to take care of business. The guy should have been forcibly ejected at the next stop.

Law enforcement and stuff like that is fine and dandy. But you should not need to wait for a cop if there is something going on which is not kosher.

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thrice wrote:
Guess my point is that the folks who are promoting this concept where you do office work on your laptop, sip chablis, and write poetry while riding mass transit aren't telling folks about the standing in line for an hour to ride the train part.


No, people are picking up on that themselves. But what people don't seem to be picking up on is that with very few trains in operation, larger numbers of people are going to be hopping the same train. Let's pretend we have 3 major southern suburbs. Eden Prairie, Bloomington and Eagan. Currently residents from all three major suburbs have 1 light rail option.

Also, I highly recommend trying to ride the rail on a non-game night. It's popular, but you're not going to wait an hour to ride.

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Or watching one beating off under his blanket, along with the little kids in our train car, as we did at the last Twins game



At some point citizens need to take care of business. The guy should have been forcibly ejected at the next stop.

Law enforcement and stuff like that is fine and dandy. But you should not need to wait for a cop if there is something going on which is not kosher.


Actually the guy in question was performing his little one-man play in the hobo camp which is located under the bridge directly beside the North Star rail platform. Several little kids were asking their parents exactly what was going on outside their window, but the explanations were not forthcoming.

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"Hobo camps" should not be tolerated.

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