I’m not sure how long ago Park `n Ride was instituted by the State Fair, but YA and I have been utilizing it for years. No driving around trying to find a close spot, attempting to parallel park on a busy residential street, having to remember where you parked and best of all, no trekking for what always seems like an interminable amount of time back to the car after all day at the fair. Our favorite Park `n Ride lot is the Wilder Foundation at Lexington; we’ve parked there for years. Everything always runs smoothly.
On Wednesday (my 3rd trip to the fair this year), imagine our surprise when things didn’t run smoothly. First, even though the lot was almost completely empty when we arrived at 7:30 a.m., there was a line up and the staff were flagging some folks away. Turns out that they were making everyone back into the parking spots, so it was taking three to four times longer to park. A few of us balked at this requirement and we were allowed to just pull into a parking spot.
Then they tried to manage the line of folks waiting for the bus. Normally we just line up along the west fence, the bus pulls up and we get on. Instead of this, they split the line in two and made the back half come up and stand parallel to the folks in the front half of the line. Then they tried to get the line to go along the north side of the fence. This was accompanied by a lot of “make a single file straight line” exhortations. This all went nowhere fast and was accompanied by a lot of “what are they thinking” comments from the crowd.
The initial consensus of those of us waiting was that they were thinking it would be easier/faster for people to pull straight out of the parking spaces when they got back to the lot. No one really thought this was needed but we couldn’t think of any other reason for being told to back in. As for the line management, we thought maybe they wanted to park cars along the west end, since a couple of spots on the lot were really muddy. But they never did park anybody there while we waited and nobody was parked there when we came back at the end of the day.
The cynical among us figured that one of the staff had probably been to “parking lot management” training the day before and was showing off their new knowledge. I’m going back tomorrow and am curious to see how it goes.
Have you ever tried to fix something that ain’t broke? Or been subjected to someone trying to fix something that ain’t broke?