Some folks are under the illusion (or maybe delusion) that Seattle is a cosmopolitan and sophisticated city, both smart and efficient, a miniature Paris or London. Those of us who have long observed the place know quite differently. Add one confused Atlanta, Georgia businessman to that number of potential skeptics. I found the guy at one-thirty Saturday morning standing outside the Beacon Hill Light-rail station chilled to his toes and mad as hell because a downtown train taking him to the airport had instead gone out of service half a mile out of the station. I told him welcome to Seattle as I took him back to the Sea-Tac Doubletree. He was so shook up that he even left his telephone in the back seat and I had to return it to him. He just couldn't understand what had happened and why. "And I had no idea where I was," he lamented. As I told him, he wasn't the first victim of the light-rail system that I have encountered and nor will he be the last.
Earlier this year I found a completely bewildered passenger with a bunch of luggage standing at the intersection MLK & Rainier Ave. South. having been tossed off an in-bound train from Sea-Tac. It was 12:30 on an early Monday morning and rain was falling. He too couldn't believe what had just occurred.
Anyway, returning to Mr. Atlanta, he was freaked out. I don't blame him for that. The experience was too much for him to bear. I suggested that next time he wear a hat. I also told him to file a complaint. Let's hope he did. If Seattle/KC doesn't get its act together some isolated soul is going to be found murdered in Rainier Valley, all because of a simple expectation that a train ride begun will be a ride completed.. Ha Ha! that's certainly humorous, don't you agree?
Walking down Broadway East this morning I met an ex-Yellow driver now in his very own "for hire" vehicle. He showed me his very extensive flat-rate list covering every inch of Seattle and King County. It was impressive. He also said that he and his "for-hire" brothers are going to try to make it legal for them to pick up passengers just like the taxis. He obviously was sitting on Broadway waiting for the random walk-up. Even without any future legal permission he and everyone else knows that enforcement of the laws governing his actions are non-existent. Craig Leisy and Seattle/KC have released a monster upon the local streets. Will it ever be recaptured and and locked back into Pandora's Box? Personally, I think it is highly doubtful. The "for-hires" are here to stay. Again, what is there to impede them? We all know the answer.