If this looks like about the loneliest and longest walk you could imagine, you’re right. Especially after flying a red-eye flight in on Sun Country to the Humphrey Terminal at MSP.
What’s wrong with it? Let me count the ways:
1. Directions to the LRT are poorly marked. Apparently, they’re marked fairly well from the second story of Humphrey, but baggage is on the first floor, so that’s pretty much worthless. If you happen to pick up your bag, walk outside, and look for signs for the LRT, you’re pretty much screwed.
2. If you decide to cross the drop-offs to look for the LRT, you’re once again screwed. The signs are on the 2nd floor.
3. Once you figure out where you’re supposed to be, you’ll find yourself on walking through what appears to be an endless parking ramp. Don’t expect many signs to guide you on your way. Just be confident that your walk through a parking ramp will somehow lead you to the LRT.
I based this partly on my experiences dealing with this after overnight flights into the Humphrey Terminal on Sun Country and partly on the many tourists who are even more clueless than me when it comes to navigating the path to the LRT at Humphrey.
There has got to be a better way to do this. I’m sure many out of town guests’ first impression of the Twin Cities is frustration with our impossible to find mass transit system which leads to them throwing down 12X the LRT for a cab ride paralleling the LRT’s route to downtown.
There’s the problem. Someone fix it.