Ah Hamilton, some things just never change and some things do. As I stand in line for the GO bus to Aldershot, the waft of a rotted and unwashed garbage container flows and flits around me. I never could understand why companies never bother to take the time to sanitize such an obvious health hazard. Maybe it really is part of the population-reduction conspiracy? Leave the health hazard in tact, let nature and disease take its course.
Luckily I wasn’t waiting too long before my bus arrived. Just wished that these bus drivers would modulate the A/C better. While I am ok now, hopefully I won’t be a shivering mess by the time we get to Aldershot to transfer to the train.
Having experienced South Korea’s public transportation, I question further the idea that the train does not run i to Hamilton more often. I mean it’s rush hour time, 5:30pm. Why the heck am I having to get on a bus to transfer to the train that is THE NEXT stop? The answer can’t be due to cost effectiveness. The only rational reason has to be the justification of the money already spent on the buses. Still, it’s a dumb reason and it keeps progress from happening. It woukd be more effective to cut back on bus use rather than train use. Trains/subways are the staple of a busy South Korean busy city.
Ugh, feeling the edges of a headache. So, not wanting to deal with it, I’m popping an Advil.
Well, not remembering to put Advil in my bag is gonna hamper my ability to swiftly manage and nuke the headach. Best I can do is hope it doesn’t get any worse…. or find a store that sells Advil near my destination.
We’re on the highway now, so almost at the station. Oddly, the blowing A/C isn’t so bad. I wonder if they have WiFi on the train?
No WiFi on train. Feels like the stone age as far as technology goes here. How could I possibly give up such a technically advanced society as Korea? I understand that there is a cost for wiring the country but Canada doesn’t even try. Not even so much as a lip service. One would think that WiFi would be prevalent along all major corridors. This round trip to the edge of Toronto is costing me $18.10. For the same trip in Korea, $2.50.
So the rational for not running more often is ‘not enough riders’.
Hang on, we hate to interrupt your scheduled programming with this breaking annoucement. The GO train conductor just made a rather sizable spiel about riding the train and thanking everyone. That is different. We now return you to your program.
So, if there are not enough riders, what should be the next logical step? Run smaller trains! Cutting back on service only serves to cut back on service. Smaller, more efficient vehicles, run more frequently will lead to increased ridership. Then once you near capacity, increase the train size.
My friend nd
So, not leaving Korea any time soon I think.
The visit to my friend is over. It was a casual evening at a bar playing the electronic trivia game where you compete with other people in the bar. I never liked trivia because my knowledge has always been more selective rather than broad enough for such games.