Stampede CTrain Tips
Its that time of year again. I'm not a big fan of Stampede but many are, so here are some helpful tips for using the CTrain during the Calgary Stampede:
LRT Tip 1: Let your fellow passengers off the CTrain before you get on.
LRT Tip 2: A packback full of Stampede stuff smacked in the head hurts. Put the bag on the floor at your feet.
LRT Tip 3: If the CTrain is full, another will appear within a few min. (at peak hours) No need to run for it.
LRT Tip 4: If you and your downtown office mates are going to the rodeo, buy a book of tickets instead of paying cash.
LRT Tip 5: No one wants to see you making out with the girlfriend/boyfriend du jour. Please have some discretion.
LRT Tip 6: Try not to barf on the CTrain. Seriously, please try not to. The required cleaning will take that CTrain car out of service, creating delays.
LRT Tip 7: Avoid travelling on Kids Day or Seniors Day. If you do, have patience.
LRT Tip 8: Holding the CTrain doors for your buddy will piss off your fellow passengers and the operator.
LRT Tip 9: If you can walk from downtown to Stampede, do it. It's not far. It works off the pancake breakfast and/or corn dogs.
LRT Tip 10: Newer LRVs (the boxy ones) now have Air Conditioning. Enjoy.
LRT Tip 11: Because they are Air Conditioned, the windows DO NOT OPEN! But the on the older LRVs, feel free to open the windows.
LRT Tip 12: Please remember to bathe. Odours and crowded CTrains aren't fun for anyone.
LRT Tip 13: There are 2 LRT stations that access the park: Victoria Park/Stampede and Erlton/Stampede.
LRT Tip 14: Keep the onboard YouTube videos tasteful and not x-rated. No one wants to see your 8 second ride.
LRT Tip 15: Try to Watch your language. Kids are around. Try Yee Haw! instead of the F-bomb.
LRT Tip 16: Hang on! The straps and poles are there for a reason. No! Not for that! Sheesh!
LRT Tip 17: Help out visitors if you can. I know a lot of you will.
LRT Tip 18: Your 4ft-high Stuffed Bear doesn't deserve it's own seat. Give up your seat for someone who needs it.
LRT Tip 19: LRT Park-n-Ride lots have reserved parking for half of the lot. The non-reserved areas are free (if you can find a spot).
LRT Tip 20: There are 3 CTrain cars w/ 4 exits on each. Plenty to get on/off the CTrain. No need to 'herd' at one entrance.
LRT Tip 21: Escalators: Stand to the right. Walk on the left. Simple right?
LRT Tip 22: City Hall station has reopened. Olympic Plaza has permanently closed.
LRT Tip 23: The CTrain may run 24 hours a day during Stampede, but the overnight frequency is only every 30 minutes.
LRT Tip 24: Very important for your safety: STAY BEHIND THE YELLOW LINE!
LRT Tip 25: Keep children and strollers safely away from the edge of the platform until the CTrain comes to a complete stop.
LRT Tip 26: When onboard, if you are standing, please move away from the doorways.
LRT Tip 27: Smoking is prohibited at all platforms and stations. Be considerate.
LRT Tip 28: Last One: Have Fun! CT is there to get you to Stampede :)
Thanks to the folks on Twitter and SSP for additions to the list when I first wrote it in 2010.