Leaving The Belmont Is A Disaster

The parking lot at the Belmont Stakes, after a bid for the first Triple Crown in 36 years, is a mess of people, automobiles, and dirt. It was a huge event where over 100,000 people reportedly watched California Chrome come up short. Now they all want to leave and there's no lighting, no employees or police directing traffic, and no rhyme or reason. It sounds like a shitshow.

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And if you thought taking the Long Island Rail Road—which carried a record 33,000 passengers to the track—would be better? Slow down.

This all comes on the heels of the transit nightmare that was the Super Bowl at MetLife stadium. In both cases it seems authorities have been woefully underprepared to deal with the crush of people trying to get into and out of a major sporting event and royally fucked the public they are supposed to serve.