January 20, 2004
Maiden voyage

I'm about to take my first trip on Houston's light rail line. I'll post a report, plus the reason for that trip, later today. I should note that I wouldn't have gotten to see the fountain even if it were operational, since I'm not going quite as far as downtown. Maybe next time.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on January 20, 2004 to Planes, Trains, and Automobiles | TrackBack

heh heh heh...

Posted by: Ted Barlow on January 20, 2004 10:27 AM

If you have to stand, hold on to something.

Or, you could wear a helmet.

Posted by: Laurence Simon on January 20, 2004 11:58 AM

Hold on? Feh. I'm a NYC subway veteran. This thing rides like a Cadillac compared to the R train. It's very smooth.

Posted by: Charles Kuffner on January 20, 2004 1:40 PM


You forgot to mention the other amenities of the NYC subway. These include

- The rats running under the tracks.

- The leaking roofs in the tunnels

- The trains stopping at a station for 15 minutes due to "schedule adjustment".

- The fine aroma of the homeless person begging for "spare change" in your car (or in some cases, the next car). It can be blocked, however, by the eau de funk of the station itself (Penn Station on the 1/9 line comes to mind).

- The heat working in the summer, and the air conditing in the winter.

For a true NYC subway experience, visit the uptown 4,5,6 platform in Grand Central in the middle of summer. You will experience the true meaning of the word "hell".

Posted by: William Hughes on January 20, 2004 2:38 PM