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Light rail: Concert delays demonstrate it's still not on track

I was fortunate enough to take my son to the fabulous U2 show at M&T Bank stadium this past Wednesday. The band did not disappoint, and neither did an extremely orderly crowd of 75,000 fans. I was very proud of the overall comportment of my fellow concert-goers.

What did disappoint, however, was the light rail service. The ride from the Timonium stop to M&T Stadium for the show was a pleasure. The return trip after the show was dreadful. As we and a few hundred others very patiently waited for a rail car to take us back to Timonium, I observed an MTA policewoman standing on the tracks in front of the crowd. Her expression was that of dread. At no time did she attempt to engage in conversation with the awaiting passengers. She simply stood there with a totally indifferent expression, chewing away on a wad of gum. There was at no time any mention from her that they were experiencing problems that led to the delay. Instead, we learned about it from another person in the crowd who had an iPhone. That's a shame.

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We waited for what was probably one hour. When the cars arrived, people squirmed and squeezed their way onto the car we boarded. Apparently, the MTA is indifferent as to how many people can fit into one car. Safety concerns? Hardly. My attention was diverted to one man who was on our car before we boarded. Why did he stand out? It was probably the bicycle he had at his side.

To the MTA, I say, hire people who act professionally in the presence of those who pay to make your job possible (that would be your ridership). Secondly, I say good luck when the next big event occurs in the city, because, even after all the years the rail has been in existence, you still haven't gotten it right.

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And that's the biggest shame of all.

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham

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