Well my signup is over and after almost 12 years I am finally going to get to experience the 76, a route that I have feared since coming to TRIMET.
After investigating complete with interviewing the current driver of this train I decided that maybe my fears are completely unfounded. The current driver actually loves this work.
I got this communication from one of my good pals who has done this route before;
HERE IS WHAT HE HAD TO SAY ABOUT IT:
I didn't want to work weekends during the summer. I drove the 76 with one 78 trip last spring right before they were combined with the 52. With that late of a start you will have absolutely no problem with traffic, I never did, so yes, you should get all of your breaks. The most memorable thing I remember about it was that one guy called me an albino nigger when I wouldn't let him bring his bike on board the bus. He and I were like the only two white people on the bus and if he was anywhere else but here, the bus passengers would have beat the shit out of him......