Jon Stewart told attendees at the Rally to Restore Sanity that what made Americans civil could best be found in how they dealt with merges, noting that everyone says, “You go, then I’ll go. You go, then I’ll go.” More than 250,000 people may have attended the Washington, DC event, and attendees seemed to always able to ascribe to that notion, even though the DC metro transportation system was put under strain.
After all, numerous bus companies from New York City and other Eastern Seaboard metro areas oversold tickets, leading many potential attendees to arrive late for the three hour event, if they even made it at all, according to the New York Daily News. And the DC transit system set its own record with more than 825,000 trips to handle the massive crowds.
Oddly, the number of transportation snafus that the rally caused actually gives transportation companies like Peter Pan and Greyhound bus lines hope for the busy Thanksgiving and Christmas/Hannukah commutes as younger Americans make their way back to their families.
“It’s my understanding this was bigger than Thanksgiving,” Peter Pan spokesman Bob Schwarz told the newspaper. So, riders should expect fewer delays this holiday season if they choose mass transit than what occurred when hundreds of passengers missed the rally.
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