We went to the Valley. We went back through town. We came up here. How hard can this last leg be? Well, as it turns out, it’s never over 'til it’s over. It might all blow up in your face in the last five minutes, and you want to be present and at your best for all of it. Touch your toes, arch your back, hang from the bars, and… let’s do this.
Turning onto 45th
Turning onto 15th
Merging onto Eastlake
Crossing Eastlake Bridge
10th: Angling into zones
Turning onto 3rd
Third Avenue Positioning
Columbia Street Zone breakdown
Third Avenue positioning, continued
And now it's time to go to Rainier. Maybe you're excited; maybe you're nervous. That's okay. Maybe you're tired. Maybe you just got yelled at.
But you've made it through this before.
And because of that, you'll make it through this time too. My trainer Gil told us more than once: This system exists to serve, specifically, the very old people, the students, the poor, the homeless, the disabled people. They are your main customers and you should be grateful to them, because they are why you have a job.
Look at all those faces who didn't yell at you, who are so easy to forget. The hundreds who are nice, or just neutral. The maids, moms, babysitters, gas station attendants, secretaries, orderlies, those who are lost and those who are found... The people with hidden lives, unknown lives, who live with as much richness, madness, peace, uncertainty, dreaming, and questioning as you do. Right now, you are here for them. These are your people.
Let's take them down the street.
5/23/2020 11:32:41 am
Re: Columbia St. YES. In the BeforeTimes I rode the E line daily on my trip to SMT. And in spring and fall when the driver shakeup happens, the ones new to the E stop at the first - I can usually predict it, and will walk up front and ask if they're stopping at the next one. Some are confused, and I explain - "It's the next one for Columbia. It's confusing, but there's no 'E' on this sign." If I don't pay attention the pass the right (wrong?) stop and I have to walk a couple more blocks. Usually after a few weeks the new E drivers figure it out.
5/24/2020 02:56:06 pm
They need to rename SB Columbia farside as Cherry so bad it's not even funny. As it is now, it's inconsistent with how they name so many other stops. Thanks for telling them where to stop! I rarely call in on other operators misbehaving, but seeing a 21 local miss its passengers at that zone every week for a month finally prompted me to do something about it!
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