My commute involves cycling and light rail, and for the most part this is a really smooth setup for me (especially since I haven’t been asked to show my pass since Justin Bieber* was in diapers). So after riding hard to the light rail station on Friday afternoon, looking forward to the weekend, I took my usual spot toward where the rear of the last car would be, knowing that the front cars tend to fill up.
As the train approached, I could tell it was a 3-car and not the usual commuter-friendly 4-car train. As I hoofed it up the station to the end of the third car, only to board and find 2 cyclists already on board the back of the train, it occurred to me that it was Friday at 4:15, which should still count as peak hours. However, it was Friday, and we all know that a certain segment of riders are Furloughed on Fridays (or are they still? I have completely lost interest). Either way I feel sure that the length of RT’s trains is affected by Furlough Fridays, leaving the rest of us in the dark.
No, I am not actually complaining. It would be nice to have a sign announcing the number cars on an arriving train like BART has, but ridership is so low on RT that it is usually not a problem. Add this to my list of aspects of life in Sacramento — schools, public transit, development — that seem so configured to suit groups that I am not part of that I sometimes can’t help feeling like they are actually being set up to screw me. On the other hand, if I was a weekend commuter I would feel screwed with shorter trains on the weekend. It’s all about perspective, I suppose. And I feel entitled to have as little of that as possible.
Is it just me?
*I still have no clue who this is.