|Old Timey Trolley|
I’ll post a picture when I get home tonight of the actual Trolleys, but for now, I’ll just talk about them. Our “shuttle” to the train station transformed from the smallish white vans to full blown tour bus things shaped like Trolleys about 3 weeks ago. I thought something was wrong when I was waiting for it to arrive, and this giant garish green looking thing pulled up. If I hadn’t recognized the driver, I would have waited for it to drop off its load of tourists and the real shuttle to come along. Anyway, that’s what I was waiting for today.
Well, the silly way we go back and forth to the Train station isn’t as fun as the people that I ride with. There are two of the trolley things, and they come by generally every 10 minutes or so. Obviously, since the schedule starts at 7, by 9 in the morning, they are NOT in that beautiful 20 minute rhythm that has them coming and going punctually. Not only does the rush hour traffic try to detour around interstate blockages through the area, but invariably road construction starts around 8:30 and the police are diverting traffic to ajoining blocks. This has been going on for the last year, so I am never surprised that I have to wait a few minutes. Not so, my erstwhile cohabitators. They love to complain and moan about how irregular the buses are and how with proper management they could fix the issue and get an extra 3 minutes to sleep. I will interject here that I have heard my elderly relatives discuss iregularity in same terms but their cure is prune juice.
The funny thing about this is the amount of hurry everyone is in. The trip to Manhattan is a minimum of 45 minutes. The trains leave every 10 minutes or so. If you plan, you can generally always arrive early to your destination, just taking into account that the maximum wait time for a trolley is 20 minutes. There is no need to rush, just go to bed a half an hour early and WOW, you arrive at your destination with a minimum degree of fuss. For the record, I live a 15 minutes walk from the train station, so based on the above statistics, if you always wanted your schedule perfectly, you could just walk to the station.