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Train in Vain....

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LAist is a big supporter of public transportation. Especially when it rains. This morning, however, we found ourselves waiting for the 7:28 from Lancaster to to Union Station Metrolink train to arrive. We waited and waited. In the cold. In the rain.

First, the Metrolink signs at the Newhall station flashed a 15-30 minute delay around 7:35. We looked again and the signs told us of a 30-45 minute delay. Finally about an hour later, the signs went back to normal, like everything was right with the world. But it wasn't. A passing conductor on the northbound train announced that our train would be arriving within 10-15 minutes. But the train didn't roll up until a half hour later at 9:20 -- nearly two hours after we got there.

For those of us who live in the hinterlands, we rely on public transportation to save our sanity from driving on the freeway. And we weren't about to hop on them today because we all know that Angelenos can't drive when the wet stuff falls from the sky.

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All we're asking, Metrolink, is that when the trains are delayed, please use those station signs to communicate to your riders. Telling us the trains will arrive in 15-30 minutes for two hours without an explanation just wasn't cool. Leave that line to the cable guy.