My commute this AM (on public transit) was a clusterf*ck. Got to the office about an hour late.
I get off the bus at the local commuter train station, and the platform is crowded. Like, really, stupidly crowded.
Someone comments that there hasn't been a train in nearly an hour. A train finally pulls in, and people are cramming in like sardines, since there's like 3 trains' worth of people waiting on the platform. I decide to wait for the next train.
The next train pulls in. Instead of taking on passengers, it disgorges its entire passenger load from the two stops upstream and pulls out empty, leaving the platform as crowded as it was when I first arrived.
Third train doesn't stop, in spite of an audio announcement to the effect that the next inbound train is arriving.
At this point I'm wishing I'd driven to the station instead of taking the bus. The commuter shuttle buses only run TO the station in the AM, and FROM the station in the PM, so I'm basically being held hostage by Metra's incompetence. If I'd had my car there I could have turned around and told my co-workers I was working from home today (Monday is not normally a day that people work from home, but we've got some flexibility for situations like this).
Fourth train arrives, already mostly full. About 3/4 of the people on the platform manage to cram themselves in. The last few to board decide "f*ck this", and get off again before the doors close. (I'm still standing on the platform where I've been for the past 30+ minutes, having declined to participate in these "commuter bonding exercises".)
Fifth train (since I arrived at the station) finally comes, and even seems semi-normal (other than being a car or two short).
Metra's explanation was "mechanical failures".
Good lord, if things are this bad when the weather is still nice, I shudder to think what this winter is going to be like, when they typically have most of their equipment problems.
Oh, and for whatever reason, the station reeked of raw sewage. More "mechanical failures", I guess. Though it was much worse inside the station building, so I guess I can't blame the holding tank for one of the train's on-board restrooms.
Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.