I’ve never lived in a city that had a worse problem with trains than Regina does. It seems like at least once a month I’m stuck on some street waiting for a train to make it’s way to wherever it’s going, and when I say going, I mean usually moving at a snails pace. It’s ridiculous and it’s very frustrating.
Last week I was driving on McCarthy Blvd. making my way to the Normanview Mall when I came across a train that was just sitting on the tracks. It wasn’t moving at all. By the time I made it to the line up that I ended up sitting in for nearly 15 minutes, it was already a block long. I have no idea how long that line actually stretched by the time we all finally started making our way across the tracks, but I counted 10 vehicles in front of me that finally gave up and made u-turns before heading off in the other direction. The train just sat there for a good 5 minutes before it started crawling backwards. Then it stopped again before finally making it’s way forward.
Two weeks before that, the same thing happened on Ross Ave. It’s also happened to me on Elphinstone. I’ve even had to wait for a train during rush hour on Albert St.! How about that? A train running across one of the busiest roads in the city during the busiest time of the day. I hope the person that planned all of these beautiful tracks checked into the Betty Ford Center when he was all finished his work, because nobody in his right mind could have planned a worse road plan.
I know it would cost a fortune to raise the tracks over all of the busy roads, but can’t the city do anything? Is there no way to get hold of the railway companies and limit crossings to certain times of the day when traffic flow is at it’s lowest point? There’s got to be a solution there somewhere.
Between trains and road construction it’s getting to be a bit of a pain in the a** getting around nowadays.
If you plan on coming to the city anytime soon, here’s some advice. Don’t! Stay home and we’ll call you when all of this stuff gets sorted out!