by Liv Jonsè
SunRail has arrived, and the implications of it are still temporarily unknown. For now, joy riders and sensationalists crowd the station platforms. Trains are running behind schedule, and most are still trying to piece together how this whole system even operates. We do know that it sure as hell beats sitting in traffic. The only redeeming quality of motor transport is the ability to jam out to your favorite tunes. Fortunately, the SunRail has free WI-FI (HOORAY). This means you can listen to music AND Tinder. all from the comfort of your smartphone. 2014 is so cool!!!
While you watch the suburbs wash away in tinted windows, you can drift into daydreams without the worry of operating machinery. Snap back to reality in time for your destination, though, or you’ll end up stranded and straddling Sandlake Road.
Jury is still out on whether or not expected ridership will be met, but one thing is for sure, missed connections will certainly be increasing. It’s about damn time we got a train (even if you can't snack on it). The process of riding the SunRail is like the five stages of grief; at first there is excitement, then frustration, overwhelming joy, followed by disappointment and regret, and finally acceptance. Let this playlist guide you through the emotional highs and lows of navigating the wild eastern peninsula.
If you happen to miss the train, remember there is always another one coming
unless it’s after 7 p.m., then you’re screwed and should probably get a cab.