I love trains, and this was an enjoyable read. I know in Toronto, and the GTA, the GO Train is what makes the rules around there really. Favourite part of any trip down there is getting to take the GO :).
My other half Rebekah and I recently returned from Japan, and we’re in that rapture phase where you wish the things you loved overseas were also available in America. I already miss the 24-hour action of Japanese cities, their automated restaurants, the street-side vending machines — and public transportation.
In Japan, trains run on time. When the Shinkansen says it departs at 2:43, it departs at 2:43. It travels at 200 miles an hour, so good luck catching it. If a train is late, it’s likely because the world has ended. If the world hasn’t ended and it’s still late, the train company will print a note for passengers to give their employers, confirming the train was in fact behind schedule, because no one’s going to believe that’s why you were late for work.
In America, schedules are less reliable. “Waiting […] can be a delicate business,” writes Bill Hayes in…
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