Jesusfuckingchrist, it happened AGAIN
, making this the third
* time in ten days! Last night at approximately 9:26pm, just when it started to rain, I was waiting at stop #51479 again, the one in front of UBC hospital, and around 9:41pm the #41 bus that was scheduled to leave the UBC bus loop at 9:37pm went past without stopping. At least this time there was a "bus full" notice, but if buses regularly pass people late at night, during non-rush hour times because they are supposedly full, then this shows how totally inadequate
our transit system is. Also, the term "full" is very subjective, each driver having a different idea of what "full" is.
For example, yesterday afternoon I unfortunately had to go home in the middle of the afternoon, and despite the #41 really
being full, the driver still stopped and let me and several other people on, and only turned away people if they could not stand behind the red line. Despite being truly full for most of the trip, the driver let people on and never once passed a bus stop if someone was waiting. And this morning on the way to school, the #43 was packed as well, yet the driver still let people on even though it was so full that nearly half a dozen people were standing in front of the red line, leaning against the front ot the bus.
While it is frustrating, I understand when drivers don't stop and let people on when the bus is full
, which means that everyone can't stand behind the red line. But when you can still get a few more people on if everyone moves back, then the driver should make an effort to stop and let people on. It is absolutely unacceptable to pass people without trying to get them on when it's late at night and the bus only runs every 20 or 30 minutes.
If it were during the day and the buses ran more frequently, then it wouldn't be as much
of a problem.
Since this is the third time in less than two weeks that the #41 did not stop late in the evening, presumably because the driver perceived that the bus was full, it is clear that there needs to be more service on this rout in the evening
. Either the longer, articulated buses should be used, or frequency should be increased to at least every ten minutes.
Luckily a #480, UBC to Richmond, bus came a minute later, so I hopped on because now I just jump on any
bus that stops, and by the time we got to Granville and 41st, we had just passed the #41 that had passed my stop, so I was able to transfer.
*Note: Even though this was the third time in ten days, this doesn't mean that the bus did not stop 3/10 times. It actually did not stop 3/6 or 3/5 times (making that 50% or 60% of the time), as only on five or six evenings was I waiting for a #41. The rest of those days was either a holiday or weekend, so I was not at school, or I caught the #25 which came before a #41, because I no longer trust that the #41 will stop.
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