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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Rapid Is Nuts Right Now. Consider the Bus

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 7:42 AM

click to enlarge The line outside the West 117th/Madison Red Line stop, as of 7:38 a.m. - SEAN FLANAGAN
  • Sean Flanagan
  • The line outside the West 117th/Madison Red Line stop, as of 7:38 a.m.
Getting into downtown today is, of course, a Herculean task no matter where you're coming from. Most transit conversations over the past few days involved the Rapid, which is sort of the default St. Patrick's Day option for the 'burbs, for instance, but as of 7:30 a.m. all Rapid line parking lots were full (except for West Park, at the moment).

Lines have been growing for more than hour, turning into masses of humanity at this point. Spirits are high, seemingly, but this is no way to spend the early hours of championship parade day.

I took the 26 bus line down Detroit. It was quite comfortable, and there were open seats even as we crossed the bridge. This was at around 6:45 a.m.

Here and there on Twitter, people are reporting that bus lines are nearly empty, as of 7:30 a.m.

Take the bus. Or ride a bike. Or, if you've ever had the urge, hitchhike maybe?

Everyone will get there. Drop a line below or on Facebook and share your morning tale. 

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(Brief update, 8 a.m.: One of our readers on Facebook says this: "I am only trying to get into town to go to work. I showed up at the Triskett rapid station at 6:15 to find it was at capac[ity]. The line was extremely long so I bought an all day pass for the bus. Been waiting for the 55 for a half hour. Four have passed because they were at capacity.")

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