A woman rolls her eyes. "SIX minutes?" she whines, clearly exasperated.
She's waiting for the next Yellow Line Metro train toward northern Virginia. She's clearly used to the morning and evening rushes, where two minute waits are considered an inconvenience. But this is D.C.--its Metro system is the envy of many cities. In my eyes, she's spoiled.
Proposition A in St. Louis County can put us on the track to expanding our system and making it the best it can be for the realities of our region. A six-minute wait time for a bus or train will likely always be acceptable, even desirable, for St. Louis--but it will be unheard of if Prop A fails tonight. Buses every 45 minutes to an hour will likely be our (permanent?) reality. Our rail system, including its recent expansion, will suffer as well. Many eyes will be rightfully rolled. A bevy of groups won't even consider St. Louis as a place to live with such limited transit options--certainly not this woman trying to get to Virginia.
It's nearly 7PM EST here in Baltimore--which means, back home, folks in St. Louis County have another hour until polls close. Please vote yes on Prop A to ease the stress on our rolling eyes and tapping feet! Let's make spoiled commuters out of St. Louis's transit riders.
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