The Metro Orange line has been a mess all week — several serious delays, and terrible overcrowding even when the trains are running. When I got to the station yesterday morning, the platform was so crowded that they had to stop the escalator to make sure no one was pushed onto the tracks. And the air conditioning in my car seems to be dead, so I’m soaked in sweat by the time I get home. It’s only taking a little longer than usual, but it’s really taking the stuffing out of me.
The scary thing is that it’s only going to get worse if the price of gas makes more people switch to the train. They can buy some more cars to run more 8-car trains, but that only adds a limited amount of capacity. I can work from home sometimes, but usually not more than once a week. Maybe I should talk to my boss about working 7-3.30 or something.