This week was going to be my second time taking the train and commuting on my bike to work, but it was not the case. Due to the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Los Angeles was in high alert and this caused for all train service to be halted due to a “suspicious” package chained to a pole at one of the train stations. The stoppage happened one minute before my train was supposed to arrive but I waited for an hour to see if the train service would resume but no dice and I ended up driving to work.
As I arrived to work and followed the news regarding the train stoppage, it was found that the package contained clothes and all train service resumed at 10:30 AM. Now, I would think that because train service was stopped, a refund would be in order. Nope. All sales are final. So I basically wasted not only the fare going to work, but also the one returning since I bought a round trip ticket. The lesson: buy a one way ticket.
This was pretty discouraging given that $14.50 worth of gas would take me to and from work 4 times. Factor in the fact that I’m taking the train to work so I won’t have to deal with the stress of driving, this snafu pretty much negated all gains from using the train as a method of transportation.
But fuck the terrorists, I will continue to take the train and ride my bike to work at least once a week because very few things beat the freedom of riding a bike.