Arlesheim, Basel-Landschaft (BL), Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera/Switzerland

[1984 Nikon FE2 SLR 35-mm roll film camera, s/n 1816483, with Nikkor AI 50-mm f/1.8 lens, s/n 2336591, and 52-mm polarizing filter;
Kodak Ektar 125 (Kodak 5101 | Ektar 125-1) 36-exposure colour negative film]

© Copyright photograph by Stephan Alexander Scharnberg, November 1991

Monday, March 16, 2009

Late evening





Royal Oak SkyTrain Station, Burnaby, B.C., inbound at 11:04 pm, Tuesday, February 10, 2009. The photos were taken one minute apart. Four-car train, UTDC Mark Ib, cars 137 and 138, built in 1995, Translink colour scheme (the other two cars, numbers unknown).

This is a typical weeknight commute home into Vancouver for me. Five nights a week, except holidays, I walk the dark alley and the pathway under the SkyTrain Expo/Millennium line for 1½ blocks from my Group Home job, ride SkyTrain to the next station, Royal Oak to Metrotown in Burnaby. I descend the stairs two steps at a time from the trackside platform to the concourse overpass and the escalator down to the bus loop tucked under the southwest section of the Metropolis At Metrotown mall. A few buses come and go (routes 106, 110, 129, 130, 144, and the 19 trolley bus), two or three grubby panhandlers shuffle around asking for coin. They’re all regulars. One man looks so haggard and emaciated he might be a crystal meth addict. Some of us bus riders are regulars too. They know I’m one of them. Usually the panhandlers don’t bother asking me as I’ve always quietly turned them down. One night last December a friendly young man offered the emaciated fellow a McD’s combo meal. This was angrily refused. They tend to focus on women and Asians. Some nights, but more often not, transit security or the GVTA (Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority) Police Service come by for a visit. They walk about, two or three burly cops or security friendly with the law-abiding transit users and the bus operators, on occasion boarding buses for fare checks. Friday nights the buses are busy, often filling right up with a largely younger crowd, spilling out from the movie theatres, SkyTrain from New West or Surrey, or possibly the Station Square Pub at the Holiday Inn, some with burgers, fries, and pop drinks from the A&W near the top of the escalators. Here I wait for the 11:37 pm bus, 49 Granville, home by midnight.

© Copyright photographs by Stephan Alexander Scharnberg, February 2009

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