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Further AC Transit annoyances 
10th-Sep-2009 04:12 pm
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I wound up sprinting half a block this morning to the bus stop to catch the 1R. Not wanting to be rude and push ahead of the people who'd already been waiting at the stop, I put myself last in line to board, only to be met by the driver holding out her palm, saying, "There's not enough room; there's a 1 right behind me and you'll have to catch it instead."

Now, I had gotten a clear view of the bus when it passed me, and the aisle was clear back of the accordion section:

And just to clarify, when I say "the aisle was clear", I mean "there was nobody standing up in the back 1/3 of the bus — the aisle was empty".

"There's plenty of room," I said to the driver, "people just need to move back."

"What am I supposed to do?" she asked with asperity. "I'm just one person."


You are the driver. You have more power in this situation than anybody else on the bus.

What are you supposed to do? You're supposed to put the bus in Park, stand up, turn around to face down the aisle, and announce in a loud, clear voice, "This bus will not move forward until everybody standing up moves back." And then follow through. Which I have witnessed bus drivers do.

11th-Sep-2009 12:03 am (UTC)
"What am I supposed to do?" she asked with asperity. "I'm just one person."

To quote popular culture:

Lisa: You're about to launch a terrible evil on the world! You've got to destroy this plant.
Homer: I know, honey, but what can I do as an individual? I wouldn't know where to begin.
Lisa: Just burn that plant right now and end this madness!
Homer: I wish I could make a difference, Lisa, but I'm just one man.
Lisa: *growls*
Homer: I agree, but how?
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