Morning Commuter Blues

Assistant editor Kathy Lally passed on this sad tale this morning:

"New Yorkers heading to meetings in Washington and downtrodden commuters from Baltimore and points in between were joined in transit trauma this morning.

"The 8:10 commuter train from Baltimore made it just past BWI airport before failing. Amtrak picked us up. But maybe there were too many of us....because then the Amtrak couldn't get moving. The engineers got out their tools while passengers got out their laptops and phones. Meetings were conducted and canceled. Conference calls were held. And the news wasn't all bad. The air conditioning held up.

"We were finally delivered to our destinations at 11:15. Is it quitting time yet?"


Kathy received this e-mail a little too late:

From: MTA MARC Services [marc@marylandmail.com]
Sent: 07/11/2007 10:59 AM EST
To: Kathy Lally
Subject: Penn Line Trains #416, 417 & 419 Cancelled

Due to mechanical problems north of the BWI Station, MARC Train #417
has been cancelled. Train #419 is behind Train 417 with mechanical
problems and has also been cancelled. Train #416 has been cancelled
because no crew is available. Passenger on Trains #417 and #419 are
being transfered to Amtrak service. The next train southbound from
BWI Station is Train #521.

10:12 a.m.

Let us know about your experience with the commuter train, whether it's a tale of a canceled meeting, a lost deal, or just gratitude for the extra quiet time to read memos and catch up on e-mail. Drop us a line.

By Dan Beyers  |  July 11, 2007; 11:25 AM ET
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