i was going to wait and make this post m is for metra but i'm currently too annoyed to wait that long. i hate delays, 5 minutes, 50 minutes, nothing annoys me more since i am always on time. my parents struggle with being on time for anything, which i think made me so mad over the years that i went the complete opposite way and am now on time if not early for absolutely everything. i don't even believe in being fashionably late for parties, i'll be there an hour early to help you set up. obviously, delays make me crazy. lateness is extremely noticeable to me, especially when there's no real reason for it and it just keeps happening.
so chicago metra, this goes out to you - change. your. effing. schedule. i take the train fairly often. not every day, and i've heard that it's decently on time during rush hour. but i at least take it every weekend, and have been doing so since i was in high school. that's 10 years times 48 times a year of the metra being late. i have never, not one single time, taken a weekend metra train that has been on time. 480 times (and 960 if we count the ride back, and that's late too) at least you've been late, metra. are you kidding me?!
and what annoys me even more is that it's not just late but consistently late timing-wise. like it's regularly the same amount of minutes late. it's never a large number, nothing like an hour delay, but come on. if you claim to get somewhere by 3:30 but it's always 3:39, then change the damn schedule to say 3:39!!
one that irks me so much is taking the train from downtown to my parents house, which is approximately 6 stops away. and it is 4 minutes past the time it claims it will arrive at my parents house every time. 4 minutes should not be a big deal and in the grand scheme of things, it's not. but trust me, when it's exactly 4 minutes late 300 times in a row, you get more annoyed than the situation warrants. the train almost always leaves the station on time. and there's not many stops between downtown and my parents house, so it's not a lot of passenger delay that could be holding up the train, especially the first one on saturday morning. no one's on it. it's just that metra is assuming the train moves at a certain speed and it so obviously does not. it moves 4 minutes slower than you think it does, metra, and why you can't figure that out after at least 10 years baffles me. get your shit together.
the most annoying part though, by far, is that every time i take the train, it passes metra signage over the highway that says "we're on time, are you?" this makes me beyond ragey, because i've stared at the sign while running late over 500 times. you've got to be kidding me metra. being chronically late is one thing, but then the false advertising you place on top of that? i hate you.
i hate that i have to use you. true, those 4 minutes aren't a big deal but when you add it up - you've wasted at least 32 hours of my life. and it's actually significantly more because the return trips are late too. and for that i hate you. i want my days back.