Wow did it take for ever to get to work this morning.
There were some pretty significant delays on the 1 train last night because of signal problems at 96th Street. The trains were running excessively slow. At one point, it took 10 minutes just to get to the next stop. We were rolling the whole time, but at a pace that I could have matched on foot without breaking a sweat.
So this morning, I don’t know if they were still recovering or what. There were huge gaps between trains. The trains themselves ran quickly when they finally arrived.
Then there was the largest single travel group I’ve ever seen trying to board the train. On the Upper West Side, there are a lot of less expensive boutique hotels, so groups of foreign travelers (and students) often stay there. So you see the groups of them all the time. Sometimes they can get large, but nothing like this.
There had to be over 150 of them. Mostly they seemed to be around 18 years old. I couldn’t make out where they were from. They sounded sort of Dutch? I don’t know. What I do know is there was a ton of them.
Any other day when there are delays like this, the train arrives at the station packed to the gills. Only 2 or 3 people are able to get on at each doorway, even though there are lots of people waiting at the platform. So then, throw in this mass of tourists, and you’ve got complete insanity.
They’re still probably standing there waiting to get on. There’s absolutely no way they were getting more than 10 of their people on a train at a time. Of course, none of them wanted to do that. They looked like they were just going to keep waiting until a virtually empty train came along. Good luck with aaaallll that.