I got on the ESS line at Central Pointe. I was concerned that not that many people would be on the train, since it's harder to get there in a car than the other lines that opened recently, which rules out the crowd that thinks that trains are cool but cars are still for getting around most of the time.** There were quite a lot of people on the train, though.
|dedicated streetcar ridErS Stand all the way to fairmont|
|dedicated christmas carolErS Stand by the heater|
|dedicated dietErS Stay away from maplebacon donuts|
I think the streetcar corridor has the potential to become quite pleasant (temperatures above 30 will definitely help . . .) and I'm excited to watch the area grow and develop. I'm okay with a modest beginning, both to the ESS Line and to the streetcar network I am confident will eventually return to Salt Lake, etc. And I'm okay with no more grand openings for a while. We move slowly, we stumble, but we are making steps toward a truly marvelous transit system.
I think we'll get there sooner than we think.
*I don't have an aversion to happy people. Mostly.
**I realize that most of my friends, as well as and including most of my blog readership, fall into this category--all I'm saying is that you were less likely to visit the ESS line last Saturday, not that you're bad people.
***I was going to say "just after 9:00 p.m." Then I looked at the new schedule and realized I had to correct myself.