Monday, February 25, 2013

WHERE NO ONE HAS GONE BEFORE

Last Saturday, commutergirl and I met a friend at Culver's in Midvale.  We got there by means of TRAX.  Specifically, the Bingham Junction station, where I have never gotten off before, and, judging by the number of cars that were parked at the station, no one else has, either.\

The pedestrian crossing at Bingham Junction is really something.  Let me rephrase that.  The lack of a pedestrian crossing at Bingham Junction is really something.  There is none.

There are two ways to get across the tracks at Bingham Junction.  Either you walk out into the street and cross the tracks, then cross the street and jump over the median, or you cross the street and jump over the median, then you walk out into the street and cross the tracks.  Either way, you feel really dirty, not to mention exposed.

The staton platform is now done, but  you still have to walk out into the crossing.

Against all odds, we made it through the crossing without getting hit by a car or train.  Then there was some sidewalk next to the new Intermountain Healthcare building, but after we got past the building the sidewalk ended and we had the choice of walking on the shoulder or walking on the snowy rocks, neither of which was terribly appetizing, but we chose the shoulder.  Incongruously, before the next traffic light, a sidewalk with landscaping started up from the middle of nowhere.  We walked across some rocks to get onto it.  I daresay we're the only people that have ever walked on that sidewalk.  After that there was sidewalk all the way to Culver's, but we still had to cross some rocks and walk across the drive-thru to make it into the parking lot proper.

I always think that food tastes better when you have it after an adventure.  We felt like intrepid explorers, going where no one has gone before, exploring lands hostile to pedestrians and coming off conquerors of our surroundings.

I'm guessing that because the new Intermountain building has a stairway going all the way from the building to the crossing that they intend for people to take TRAX to get to their building, and there will soon be a crossing there.  Until then, Bingham Junction is a trip.  Come check it out if you want, but for heaven's sake be careful.

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