Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The "New" Federal Center Station

So the new Federal Center Station opened up this week (Sunday) and it’s HUGE!

I believe it is 1000 parking spaces and 22 bus gates.

Two rails, one in each direction.

Once those lines open up, the station will be busier than Broadway Station….maybe!

They are still planting the landscaping and if you walk over to the platform and the fence, you can see the light rail tracks under construction.

Sadly, there are no Driver’s restrooms, only the public outhouses.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t feel that Drivers are better than the passenger or general public and deserve separate bathrooms.
It is just that the port-a-potties are unsanitary.

There is no running water and if we’re lucky, a bit of dried up “alcohol rub” next to the door handle.
That alcohol only kills 99% of germs and SOME bacteria.

None of the “E” series such as e Coli (found in human waste) the pathogenic strains of which can be commonly found all over door handles, walls and the inside of outhouses.

That alcohol does not kill any of the venereal diseases that can be spread on door handles and alcohol dispensers after touching one’s self in the process of using the restroom.

And on and on with the diseases found in a public bathroom that are easily spread if there is no running water with soap, allowing your drivers to wash their hands after using the restroom.

Instead, they visit these highly trafficked outhouses, collect these diseases and bacterium and come back onto the bus, grab hold of the hand rails that you will grab when you come in, hand you a transfer with that diseased hand and spread that illness all around Denver and the Front Range.

That’s why a major station such as the new Federal Center Station should have a restroom for Drivers that limits the amount of public exposure and allows the Driver access to soap and water.

Just as you would and in fact require of your server and food handler who is exposed to hundreds if not thousands of people every day.

As Always, "Welcome aboard, wash your hands, find your seats - Let's Roll!"

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