I pushed my way through the group of four young adults blocking the bus’s exit. Clustered in front of the door you would think they were planning on getting off when I was, but that was not the case.
I did a quick count as I exited. There were at least six empty seats in the section to the left of the door, four or five to the right, yet these people had obviously decided it was best to block the entrance/exit. It was Friday after all.
Yes, I know that is as good a reason as “because it is 2016,” but you see my point.
I wasn’t surprised – I have noted this before. I am a big fan of the theory of public transit; the experience of using it frequently makes me consider buying a car. Every so often I vent here. That’s because I am Canadian. If I were an American I would just pull out my gun and shoot the offenders. Problem solved.
That Friday afternoon experience wasn’t even the first time I had noticed that clustering phenomenon that day. The articulated buses in Ottawa allow rear door boarding, which is supposed to save time and allow for a more efficient service.
On Friday morning as the bus arrived at my stop I looked at the cluster of people at the rear door and debated whether I could squeeze in. When the doors opened no-one got off; obviously it was full. But I didn’t want to be late for work, so I pushed onto the bus.
I realized then that it wasn’t as crowded as I had perceived. I pushed a little more, and once I was past the door area I had my pick of seats. I must admit I don’t understand why people would stand for their commute if they could sit, but I wasn’t going to turn down a chance to travel in comfort and to be able to read a book.
Of course reading on the bus has its drawbacks. This past Thursday night I looked up from my book after about 10 minutes of travel and had no idea where we were. No explanation was ever given – I think the driver got lost. Eventually we got back on the route and I got home only a little bit later than planned.
Of course on Friday morning I wound up being late for work anyway. Remember how I said if OC Transpo has one bus break down every day it will be the bus I am on? I have no idea what it was this time, and it took a few minutes for the driver to decide we weren’t going anywhere.
I am a big fan of public transit. In theory anyway.