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.
Yesterday I turned north off Sask. Drive on to Elphinstone and ran smack dab into a train by Mosaic stadium. It seemed like it was taking forever. Then it started slowing down and was barely moving. To make matters worse, I noticed the headlights of another train coming down the tracks in the same direction. Suddenly, I was waiting on two trains!
While the second train was moving by at a pretty good clip, I noticed that the first train I was waiting on wasn’t moving at all now! That was a first time I can remember waiting for two trains.
I waited for a good five minutes, that felt more like 30 minutes, before making a u-turn and heading back down Sask. Drive. I’m glad I did. When I got to the train crossing on Lewvan I still couldn’t see the end of the first train I was waiting on. Who knew how long I would have ended up waiting.
I’ve also had long waits at the crossings on McCarthy Blvd. and Ross Avenue.
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 come up with 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!