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I took the bus, and the bus won [Feb. 24th, 2005|08:48 pm]
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So, I tried out the sacramento bus system yesterday. Hopped on at csus at high noon headed for midtown. Half an hour later, I arrived at work, hopping off at beautiful L and 29th. It was an alright trip; I kept myself amused by texting people from my cellphone and being in awe of the cushy seats and occasional seatbelt.

I got out of work slightly before five, and walked four blocks to where the bus picks up headed towards csus, on J st. As I arrived at the corner, the bus shoots past, so I'm stuck waiting for the next one, which should be in around 12 minutes.

18 minutes later, I get on the bus, and remain on it for forty-five minutes. It's rush hour, there's an accident on J st and 34th, and the engine fails near csus, and requires the driver to beat on it for a bit.

Contrast this with TAKING THE FUCKING CAR, which takes about six minutes to get to work from csus, 12 if I get crappy parking. The return trip takes about 15 minutes to csus, or about 40 heading all the way home. So, yeah, blinding flash of the obvious: buses suck.

Public transportation will continue to suck until it can get you to your destination faster than driving would. If only light rail wasn't limited to 55mph. Which leads into my rant about light rail not being close enough to csus to bother using unless you bike to the station.

As for work, I got a kudos already for a detailed report I sent in about network security, and how exactly theirs isn't. Tomorrow, I send in the report about disaster recovery planning, and try to get an implementation of routine off site backups.

I make it sound like they are stupid. They are not; it's just that everyone in the dept is so overworked the basic things are set up once and not touched until there is something wrong enough with it that someone noticed, and in the meanwhile sixteen patches were released that prevent [really bad things] but haven't been applied.

I fought with the backup system today; I KO'd it in five rounds. Two hours work, three reboots, one set of pliers, and 57 files recovered. Go me.

[User Picture]From: lawrencebacchus
2005-02-24 09:46 pm (UTC)
Itll be cool when the high speed monorail linking the state gets built....300 mph from sac to san diego....oh yeah.
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[User Picture]From: whizistic
2005-02-24 09:47 pm (UTC)
cue the monorail song from the simpsons :)
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[User Picture]From: tf5_bassist
2005-02-25 05:41 pm (UTC)
aaahahahaha.... :D

seriously. could you imagine going from Sunrise to K St Plaza in five minutes?? :D

Oh, dude, you need to SERIOUSLY tell me where you live... Cause we gotta' hang out sometime. Perhaps at that sweet hookah bar near CSUS that i've been wanting to go to. Yeah. or somewhere else that's cool. haha...
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[User Picture]From: jgp
2005-02-26 11:14 am (UTC)
They're supposedly finishing the Light Rail link up to Folsom this fall... after it was supposedly going to be finished last summer, and then January 2005. *sigh*

I can't decide if I'd want to use it, tho. I'd have to either bike ~5 miles into Downtown or to Arden & Del Paso (joy), or drive to a place with a big parking lot (like the Watt & I-80 station), and then ride it for like over an hour AND have to change trains... and THEN still have to find a way to get the last 2 miles to work.

I'm thinking... traffic = 30-45 minutes, maybe an hour; eco friendly mass transit = 1.5 hours or more every day plus 30 mins to an hour for the 7 non-RT miles. =(
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[User Picture]From: whizistic
2005-02-26 11:56 am (UTC)
Bah, union work always needs its estimates doubled.

Interestingly, I'm still hearing summer from the engineers (with more and more cursing). Maybe they consider October to be summer?

I'm considering parking over at the EDH park & ride, then take El Dorado county transit to the sunrise station to get to work this summer. (My summer work location practicly sits on top of the LR @ 16th st; you can toss a labrador from the train and hit my office. Of course, this grand plan only works if I don't have any OT. (ha!)
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[User Picture]From: jgp
2005-02-26 12:39 pm (UTC)
Good point. The tracks are all laid and ready, it looks like the line from Mather -> Sunrise did just a few months before it opened... so I don't know what internal crap might be holding it up. I guess you do, tho... =)

I really wish that it was a bit closer on either end of my commute... it might make it feasible. If my company is going to run a shuttle (and I assume they will, given the fact we've got ~6,000 people at the site) then it might be worth it... and I'd prefer to drive 10 miles a day, instead of the 60 that I am now... and I'd always have the option to bike in (as long as Discovery Park isn't flooded out). But I'm also stuck in the same situation with late hours... if I stay till 6 or 7pm at work, I might end up walking the 2 miles down to Folsom Blvd.

I know that up in Portland, my company got the public train (the MAX) to actually put a stop in at one of our sites... and we've got inter-site shuttles that run up there. THAT would have been nice...
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[User Picture]From: smpte
2005-03-05 07:28 am (UTC)
In New York the subways get you around faster than anything else can.
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