Thursday, July 17, 2008

Democratic Convention Misses Opportunity

Update 7.17.08 7:30PT: In the comments, Toast tells us that credential holders will be allowed to take light rail to the Pepsi Center, but not Union Station. Still bad for locals.

This is another case showing that most of the time, no one cares about transit or transportation from any political party. Sure democrats talk all nice about transit but this is super dumb. A few years ago when Al Gore won an Oscar for an inconvenient truth, the subway stop below the venue was closed because of the Oscars event. Say what?! All those stars that are now touting their green cred but where were they then. And it's happening again.

Now for the democratic convention in Denver, they are going to close the light rail stops at the Pepsi Center and Union Station. Visitors will have to walk from the mile high stop. It's not that half a mile is that far, but people should at least see the trains and how they transport people. And the best visibility is from the outside of the arena.

Security. Why? I don't get it at all. People that get off the train are just as dangerous as people walking from Union Station if people are dangerous at all. Isn't this why they screen people at the doors. I mean if we're this worried about the station, we shouldn't ever leave our houses.

Anyone else want to pound the DNC over the head for this? A lot of talk and no action, even symbolic ones.


kenf said...

This may not be the DNC's fault. It may be by order of the guys and gals that run around Washington DC in large black SUVs. (The Secret Service.)

Pantograph Trolleypole said...

I realize the secret service were probably ordering it, but I still think its silly. It's not like you can't have them watching the exits.

Brian Goldner said...

does anyone know if the RNC is going to take similar precautions?

Pantograph Trolleypole said...

Their convention is in St. Paul which doesn't have light rail yet. I imagine if the convention were in Minneapolis they would try to have the Hiawatha Line shut down.

Brandon said...

Maybe they've watched V for Vendetta too many times. Everyone I know is staying away from downtown that week, and most of the ones that live downtown are going on vacation. A few of them are even renting out their condos and ungodly rates.

kenf said...

"I realize the secret service ere probably ordering it,"

Hey you don't mess with the SS!

Like you don't mess with the TSA!

BTW-has anyone else noticed that Amtrak is trying to make the getting on the train experience as bad as the airlines?

toast2042 said...

I actually wrote my councilwoman about this issue last night when I saw the story in the Denver Post. Here's the response:

Here's a bit more information: The lines to the Pepsi Center will still
continue on to The Pepsi Center but only those who have credentials to
get into the Pepsi center can continue on from Invesco. With all the
secret service and added security they don't want people who don't have
business in that area allowed. So, those who have come into town for the
convention, who can get into the Pepsi Center, will be able to use the
light rail. Most of the city will be like normal(har,har) as far as
transportation goes at least they will have normal routes and schedules.
I'm not sure what's up with Union Station and why they have stopped
trains going there.
That's it for now I'll see if I can find out more about Union Station.
Take care,

Carla Madison
City Councilwoman District 8

My personal opinion is that we need to stop jumping at our own shadows.

Pantograph Trolleypole said...

Thanks Toast for the update.