At least readers didn't have to wait two hours to post a comment on the Great Bombers Stadium Transportation Fiasco.
Bomber fans better get used to busing it to games. That's what this new stadium was designed around and anyone denying that isn't telling the truth.
-- J Haier
Please stop crabbing about the use of buses. The park-and-ride system works. I lived in Edmonton for a number of years, and while they have one rapid transit line, most Eskimo fans have been taking the bus for a lot of years.
-- Rodney 2
Didn't everyone say the same things about the MTS Centre, when it was built? "OH ****, where will I park?"
I have several friends with season tickets to the Jets. They tell me they have no problem at all, finding a spot within easy walking distance.
Everything will sort itself out very quickly, and whining about parking will cease.
-- mr. spelchek
While I am not necessarily defending the lack of parking, it is important to know that Edmonton's situation is no better. Their system seems to work very well. They have tons of buses shuttling fans to and from several park-and-ride locations around the city. I used it once in the past watching the Bombers play the Eskimos there. I have high praise for it based on my use of it. The biggest problem is that Sam Katz needlessly delayed phase 2 of the rapid transit line. It would've been open by now had it proceeded without his delay tactics, and is a perfect fit for the new stadium. It will be great once that is ready to go, both for Bomber games and the U of M.
If last night's performance by the Bombers is a precursor to what we can expect, there won't be any traffic problems as the existing infrastructure will be able to easily handle the 10-12,000 folks who'll bother to show up.
If you assume four people per parking spot, that is 20,000 people getting there by car. Then assume another 1,000 people cycle.
That leaves 12,000 for the bus.
Assuming 100 people per bus (which would be stuffed) you need the equivalent of 120 buses solely for transport to and from the stadium. That means 120 drivers who are not scheduled for a regular shift (and want the extra time) over and above the regular running buses.
Definitely a serious clusterf***
It's easy to complain -- and if I had gone to the game and was stuck in traffic, I would, too.
I think the biggest problem was the Bombers' management was not honest -- this was bound to be the beginning of a longer process of learning. For Transit, the Bombers, police, traffic control at the city, businesses with parking lots in the area, and finally the Bomber fans heading to the game -- they all have some work to do.
It's not a case of building more roads -- obviously that would take years. Extending the transit corridor will help, but again, years off. We will all figure this out together to get people moving more efficiently.
The Bombers should have admitted that this was not going to be smooth -- it will be better next time, but it will take time and people will have to adjust. I am sure that no one who had studied and planned the situation would have expected anything other than a bit of a horror show. I don't know why they didn't make the game time 7:30 and warn people to leave early for the game.
This is going to take time to get better and people will have to be adaptable, but we wouldn't have made it this far with human civilization without that evolutionary process. We will figure this out -- it will get better.
Traffic problems, 500 empty parking spaces, myriad complaints. This is what happens when planners lose sight of purpose.
I wonder if those 500 empty spaces remained unused because the people who were to use them got fed up with all the delay and coming by car had the freedom to turn around and go home? A woman called into the post-game and pointed out that the 2+ hours needed to reach the stadium, three hours for debacle of a game, 2+ hours to get home totalled well over 7 hours; and she and her husband weren't willing to do that again. That is pretty dangerous for the Bombers. There better be big improvements before the home opener.
-- j knox