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{February 16, 2008}   Random Thoughts I Had on the Bus Today

Kalev says:

The buses are being retrofitted to automatically announce the next stops on all the routes. I think it will drive me (and others) nuts. It’s great for express routes but for routes which stop every block or every other block? Gah!

Nancy S says:

Here in TO it is required by law that all public transit announce the stops.
(you know, for people who can’t see.) So not only do we have a fantastic public transportation system (I know, I know. We are no Montréal,) we think about others too. See we ain’t so bad over here in Toronto.

Beth says:

@Kalev – I think it’s even better for the buses that stop every block or two. On the express buses, I know what all the stops are, but on the regular buses I don’t so it would be nice to have an announcement to tell me when I’ve got to where I’m going. Especially when you are packed onto the bus like a sardine and you can’t even see out the window!

@NancyS – Hey sis! Ya, I do like the T.O. and Montreal transit systems better than ours, I must admit. However, at least when I’m waiting for a bus here, it’s not minus one million degrees in the winter and plus one million degrees in the summer! =P

Krista Lee says:

I’m one of those bus drivers that announce! Thanks for appreciating your driver. Don’t be shy about thanking him/her as you are exiting the bus. It really makes our day to hear something positive from a passenger.

Beth says:

Krista Lee, you rock! I always thank my driver, even if they don’t announce… unless they are a jerk (which, thankfully, isn’t very often!)

Grumpus says:

I loves it when a driver announces the stops! The friendly formality of this makes the ride seem somehow much less random and riddled with despair.

I always call “thank you” to the driver when I disembark, hoping they like it. They never indicate whether they like it or think I’m a raging dork. But who’s afraid of a little raging dorkiness if you at least err on the side of courtesy?

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