On its third week in operation, a North Star line train crapped out during rush hour.
They went to Plan B:
Metro Transit sent two buses to Target Field in Minneapolis to pick up the 120 passengers aboard the 2:05 p.m. train, which never left the station, and take them to the five suburban stations along the Northstar line. The buses left about 3 p.m. and took 90 minutes to reach Big Lake, compared with the train’s normal 51 minutes, said Bob Gibbons, spokesman for Metro Transit, which owns the train.
An extra forty minutes? Not counting the time it took for the buses to show up?
Ouch. I wonder how that set with this woman, from the opening a few weeks back?
Kate Pound of St. Paul, was one of them and had one of the more complicated commutes. She rode her bicycle to a bus stop, transferred from the bus to a light-rail train and then to Northstar at Target Field. She departed the Big Lake station via a Northstar Link bus to her job as a geology teacher at St. Cloud State University.
“It’s great, it’s cheaper, I’m doing the right thing in terms of my carbon footprint,” she said. “But what if I’m late and miss my connection in Big Lake? As long as I don’t get stuck, this is the way to go.”
“As long as I don’t get stuck”.
Remember – there’s one outbound train in the morning, and one inbound train at night.
Come to think of it, I wonder how all those Rube Goldberg-like bike/bus/bus/rail/bus commutes are faring with the blizzard we have going on?