Sunday, September 27, 2009
Mass transit problems
I've had a bad day with Tri-Met today. Tri-Met is my local mass transit system, and although I know that no system is perfect, this one definitely has problems.
I'd gone downtown today, and of course I eventually decided to come back home. So I went to a machine to buy a ticket. I didn't have cash, but most of the machines are set up so that you can pay with a debit card or whatever. So, I did. Except that it didn't work. I wandered around to a few other stations and tried the machines at those, with the same result at each of them.
I even found a Tri-Met info place, and tried going there for help. I figured that I could probably just buy a bunch of tickets there. But, guess what? It was closed!
I was stranded.
Fortunately I was able to call my mom and get her to come rescue me. In the future, however, I'll make sure I don't have to rely on those machines, since they obviously aren't reliable.
I've heard people talk about broken down machines and how bad they are, but I hadn't realized it was this bad.