Tag Archive: commuting

Oct 27 2015

Even sitting governors have to abide the Quiet Car Rules

As a fairly regular train-rider, I cannot express how delighted I have been by the news going around the internet of Chris Christie getting asked to leave the Quiet Car of an Amtrak train last weekend. Evidently the current New Jersey governor and Republican presidential candidate boarded an Amtrak train rather loudly on Sunday morning (reports …

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Apr 26 2013

Michael Bublé, subway busker

How come this never happens when I ride public transportation?

Mar 24 2011

The Great Train Robbery of 2011

I had to be in Malmö for a mid-afternoon eye doctor’s appointment today, so I left my office shortly after lunch for the commute home. In hindsight, I probably should have bitten the bullet and just used the (typically disgusting) toilet on the train, but I actually didn’t realize how bad I had to wizz …

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Dec 16 2010

The good, the bad, and the star-studded

As predicted, Mother Nature is making life miserable for commuters already peeved at our regional rail service, Skånetrafiken. If the numerous delays and glitches associated with the first week of operation at three new underground rail stations weren't enough, now several inches of new snow (with more on the way) are making travel even slower …

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Dec 14 2010

Wasn’t this supposed to make my commute easier?

Malmö's City Tunnel, which has been under construction since 2005, finally opened to train traffic this week. The massive project converted Malmö's main railway station from a terminus to a through-station, and then connected it to two new stations under the city on the way to the Öresund Bridge to Copenhagen. Dr. Darling and I …

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Aug 11 2010

Drugged-out Space Cadet or Office Flirt?

Today, after plenty of previous "close calls", I got all the way to the train station before I realized that I had forgotten to put in my prosthetic eye. Not only that, but I didn't have an eye-patch with me either. I was actually sitting in the Quiet Car when I figured it out. I …

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Jun 12 2010

When “smart” should not trump “simple”

Last fall the public transportation company for this region of Sweden introduced a new "smart card" with a really stupid name (and an even worse color scheme) for use on its trains and buses. Skånetrafiken's Jojo card replaced both the standard rebate card (load it with cash and receive a 20% discount on fares) and …

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