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Public transit rule of thumb 
23rd-Oct-2007 08:34 am
note to self
Public transit rule of thumb: On an AC Transit bus, the last open seats will be in the last row. Squeeze past the standing people clogging the aisle mid-bus and head all the way to the back. Don't worry — the (occasionally surly) teenagers sitting in the other seats don't usually bite.
23rd-Oct-2007 04:47 pm (UTC)
I thought the public transit rule of thumb was that it takes exactly 8.3 times as long to travel via PT as it does by car.
23rd-Oct-2007 05:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but as "access to car" approaches zero, "time taken to travel by car" approaches infinity, and you get into the realm of limits and lemmas and discontinuities and that sort of thing. That way lies madness.
23rd-Oct-2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
Depends on the bus route. The one I take, the back row is often jam-packed with kidz playing loud music and eating. But there are usually seats near the back, past the people who are just standing around blocking the way.

Very little irritates me as much as the doofus who stands in the exit stairwell blocking everyone when there are open seats very close to him. I don't like touching random people, but that is one of the few cases where even if there is room I will try to bump/shoulder my way past them.

And I apologize for using the non-word "kidz". It's how I think of them: not quite kids, not quite part of any reality I want anything to do with.
23rd-Oct-2007 05:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, brother. The idiots who stand in the exit stairwell (I was going to write "unnecessarily", but really, at all), the ones who get on and stand clinging to the bar behind the driver, making it difficult or impossible for others to get past, the people who bring on their empty shopping carts during commute hours without folding them up, the ones who put their bags on the seat next to them and then gaze intently out the window so you can't make eye contact with them... argh.

Not that that latter one works with me, to their chagrin. "'Scuse me! Anyone actually sitting there? Didn't think so." *sit*

spiritualmonkey and I were on the bus home yesterday, waiting for passengers to load. We were standing all the way in the back (my heels were literally up against the back end of the aisle), so people being stupid about boarding didn't directly affect us. One of the boarding passengers wasn't going to put up with it, though. "You all need to move back! There are hella more people trying to get on the bus! Make room!"

As I said to spiritualmonkey after we got off the bus, sometimes I don't mind mouthy, attitudinal teenage girls. You tell 'em, sis!
23rd-Oct-2007 06:08 pm (UTC)
the ones who put their bags on the seat next to them and then gaze intently out the window so you can't make eye contact with them...

Okay, you've managed to find one thing that irritates me more. If there is a single person standing then you have no excuse for having bags on the seat. Unless you really have three suitcases and are going to the airport, you put them on your lap. Pretending to not notice that the bus is bursting at the seams with standing people is just plain rude.
23rd-Oct-2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
The one case I'd give an exemption to is anybody traveling with a small child. The effect on other passengers' ability to sit down is the same whether they put their bag in their lap and the child on the seat next to them, or the child in their lap and the bag on the seat next to them. Sometimes the kid just needs to go on the lap NOW MAMA NOW and it'll be ever so much more peaceful if that transfer can happen smoothly.
23rd-Oct-2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
That's true. And anything would beat the little rascal running back and forth, stepping on toes, falling down, and screeching.

I wish the bus drivers would put more effort into cracking down on impolite activity (or actively illegal activity, like eating or playing radios). But they probably get paid very little, and end up jaded and uncaring after just a week on the job.
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