Christmas Eve Eve Traffic

Catherine and Oliver and I took the bus out to the Charlottetown Farmer’s Market for lunch this afternoon, and I was never happier to not be driving, as there was traffic the likes of which I’ve never seen in Charlottetown.

University Avenue was pretty well bumper-to-bumper from downtown out to the Charlottetown Mall. Belvedere Avenue was jammed between Mount Edward Road at University, with spillover down Mount Edward Road for as far as I could see. The Superstore parking lot was completely full, and reports were that the lots at the Charlottetown Mall and at Canadian Tire were full too.

Free from the stress of driving, we were entertained on our journey by the public transit bus-to-bus radio, with a constant stream of banter from the drivers around the city: there was a bus vs. car accident at Ellis Brothers, reports of frayed and murderous drivers, and of spending 20 minutes getting up North River Road.

Three hours later we’re back here at Reinvented HQ for a bit and from the bus ride back it seems things have only gotten worse out there.

In other words, if you don’t have to be somewhere today in your car, best leave it at home; you’ll be much happier.


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Dan James on December 23, 2008 - 20:28 Permalink

Report from the ground: 45 minutes from Downtown to Allen Street on University Ave. Another 30 minutes from there to Belvedere Ave.