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Bomber transit adventure: no one got left behind
For those of you following my Bomber game-day transit deliberations - all two of you - here is the final report.
Went at 5:30 sharp to the Osborne Street rapid transit station to take the 161 Super Express to stadium. The 161 did not materialize, for reasons not entirely understood by the two dozen Bomber fans waiting with us at the platform. At least one 161 did appear northbound from the U of M campus, leading some to speculate the root STARTED at the U of M. If that's so, that's dumb given the need to move people south.
Waited 25 mins and finally caught a 162 to the stadium. There were a ton of buses moving southbound on Pembina Highway. So many that we were able to leap frog several and didn't have to make every stop. It was a semi-express and got us into the stadium in 25 minutes.
Total time needed to get to the game - 50 mins. Not bad.
Left the game the moment the Bombers turned the ball over on downs in the last gasp of the fourth quarter. Our seats were in the south end of the stadium - right where all the buses were parked for the return trip north. On the way home, hopped on a 160 and was back to Osborne Station in just 21 minutes. Very impressive given that the buses met Pembina Highway at Chancellor Blvd. and had to travel all the way back up past University Crescent.
Transit works fine now that they have more buses and dedicated lanes near the campus. However, we did leave two hours before opening ceremonies. If we wanted to arrive closer to game time, I'm not sure how the experience would have unfolded.
The bottom line: transit worked pretty darn good last night. But not even a flood of additional buses and cops to direct traffic could help the team on the field.
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About Dan Lett
Dan Lett came to Winnipeg in 1986, less than a year out of journalism school.
Despite the fact that he’s originally from Toronto and has a fatal attraction to the Maple Leafs, Winnipeggers let him stay.
In the following years, he has worked at bureaus covering every level of government – from city hall to the national bureau in Ottawa.
He has had bricks thrown at him in riots following the 1995 Quebec referendum, wrote stories that helped in part to free three wrongly convicted men, met Fidel Castro, interviewed three Philippine presidents, crossed several borders in Africa illegally, chased Somali pirates in a Canadian warship and had several guns pointed at him.
In other words, he’s had every experience a journalist could even hope for. He has also been fortunate enough to be a two-time nominee for a National Newspaper Award, winning in 2003 for investigations.
Other awards include the B’Nai Brith National Human Rights Media Award and nominee for the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism.
Now firmly rooted in Winnipeg, Dan visits Toronto often but no longer pines to live there.
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