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Umm…Is This a Good Place to Park My Car?

January 20, 2012

Living in New York, I know the morning commute all too well. And I will admit, I hate it. For some reason, there’s something about the pre-work hours that inspires a special kind of anger in New Yorkers when traveling on the subways.

They’re much grumpier, they shove a lot more, they give unwarranted dirty looks at people more often, they’re more likely to curse at you, and their hearing is worse than at other times of day (as evidenced by the large number of people listening to music with the volume up on their headphones as loud as it goes…or sometimes, without the headphones at all. Thanks for DJing). It’s enough to drive you crazy, and to make you crazy about driving, even during rush hour.

I often find myself wishing I could just hop in my car and drive to work, far far away from anyone on the subways. But I imagine the grass is always greener, and I would probably get my fair share of frustration with driving too (why is it that EVERYONE else in the world is such a bad driver?).

A certain Californian seems to have felt the same way recently. In a bold (and possibly intoxicated) move, this man made his best efforts to evade the morning rush by taking a more unusual, off-the-beaten-path route — the subway tracks. The car finally stopped when it ran into some stairs in the subway tunnel.

But why did this man end up underground? Does he hate the highways that much? Is he afraid of cars? Did he fall asleep while driving? Was he that intoxicated? Did he make a wrong turn? Is he a vampire and prefers the dark?

Regardless of what drew this man to the tracks, my main concern is why it was so easy for this man to drive OFF the road and INTO the subway tunnel. Is there no barrier? Is it that easy? Is it that easily mistakable with a real tunnel or road? That’s probably the most bananasss thing about this whole affair. So please, San Francisco, you clearly need some better ways of making sure the trains are on the tracks, and not crazy drivers — possibly begin with encouraging driving on roads at all times in drivers ed. Or maybe some signs labeling the tunnels and roads. And if you’re a San Franciscan driver, tread lightly — you never know what kind of road you might be turning on.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. BahNANah permalink
    January 30, 2012 1:35 am

    In San Francisco the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) goes through several streets at street level above ground, not on a raised platform, in certain areas. The train cars, even in NYC, are similar width to other motor vehicles, so barriers can’t really be put up to keep a car from coming out. Maybe he was THAT intoxicated.

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