We went to the Ravens game last night. When we go to the Ravens games we take light rail into the city. It should be a good way to get there. Free parking. Cheap tickets. A stop right at the stadium. What could possibly go wrong?
I’ve written before about Light Rail Issues and they have not improved. The schedule says on weekdays there are trains every 15 minutes. We arrived at the station at 6:55 last night. There was no train into the city until 7:25. The station signs no longer tell you when the next train is scheduled to arrive. The train tracker on the website no longer works. You are flying blind. Imagine using this system to try to get to work.
We made it to our seats before kick-off but only because we walked quickly and used a side entrance most people don’t know about. The trip home was a little better. The wait for a train was shorter. However, some people missed their stop because the doors in our car wouldn’t open. At the next stop, someone had to use the “call the operator” button to tell him to open our doors. I tweeted last night that I won’t consider Baltimore a real city until they have a mass transit system that actually works.
On top of the train issues come the people issues. Here are some of the things from this trip:
People who got off the train at the stadium and walked very slowly in front of me because they were staring at their phones.
People who still don’t know how to walk through a metal detector without setting it off.
People staring at their phones in line and not noticing it is their turn to go through security.
So many people pushing me to on the walk back to the train that I told my wife the next person who did it was taking a trip over the railing.
A guy who decided it was OK to chain smoke cigars while waiting for the train.
20 something male who pushed past my wife to take the last seat on the train before she could sit down. I was tempted to choose violence at that point.
The people who take the BWI train and exit at our stop to wait for the next Cromwell train and stand in the middle of the platform blocking our way to the steps to our car.
The game was great. I enjoy the game experience. I’m happy to get back to Sunday afternoon games next week. We will have the option of hanging out in the city for a bit until the train crowd dies down and still get home at a reasonable time.