Seriously, Bus Riders, Get a Clue

Granted, I’m new to the whole riding the bus thing, but I just have to ask: is it really that hard to exit through the rear door? I mean, other than the fact that a bit of common sense might indicate that it would make sense, TriMet has put giant 4 foot wide signs in the buses, yet folks still head to the front of the bus, clogging up the traffic flow and making the whole process take longer.

Get a clue, folks!

(does this rant mean I’m no longer a transit n00b?)

11 Comments so far

  1. Mary Sue (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 1:04 pm

    While I am average in height, my legs are 25 inches long. The drop from the back door step is anywhere from 18-26 inches, and that basically means I have to leap from the bloody back door. On work days, in heels.

    So I’m exiting from the front, where the bus can kneel and/or is just plain shorter, and you can stuff it.


  2. Steve (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 1:20 pm

    Why enforce this rule when they don’t enforce any of the other rules surrounding riders? Just a few examples: smoking on platforms or in shelters, keeping personal electronic devices to quiet, food or drink in closed containers, use one seat for yourself and put your stuff on the floor.

    See 4 Fessenden or the Yellow Max for many many examples…


  3. Banana Lee Fishbones (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 2:07 pm

    Gee thanks Mary Sue! It’s attitudes like yours that make my Tri-Met commute such a cheerful experience.

    This is the part where I tell you exactly where you can shove those high heels. HINT: Right up there next to your superior attitude.


  4. Betsy (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 2:09 pm

    And the other factor here is that the buses don’t always figure out how to position that back door so you *can* exit safely. Or without jumping right into a slippery, sodden mudhole, for example.

    Yeah, it helps if people follow the rule – but it’s not always possible.


  5. b!X (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 2:54 pm

    While we’re at it: WHen the bus is filling up, step to the back of the damned aisle. You are not so much more special than everyone else on the bus that you are free to stand still at the front of the aisle, making people have to squeeze, contort, and push their way past you.


  6. warner (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 3:20 pm

    Aaron, i’m a looooong time bus rider, and I totally agree with you. It drives me nuts sometimes when the bus is full, and people insist on pushing up to the front when they are sitting right by the rear door.

    Mary Sue, I bet you’re the one who also opens your window as far as you can, while our bus shoots down the freeway, blowing eveyone else to bits. Then when asked to close it a bit, refuses. Yes, I’ve experienced this many times.


  7. pdxrocket (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 3:50 pm

    I’ll have to side with Mary Sue on this one. No reason to exit from the back when you are closer to the front. Common sense is exiting at the ‘nearest exit.’ The rule is insane.

    And WHY does this site have to be the bloggers own personal rant area, can’t it be a space to inform us Portlanders of the happenings around town?


  8. Craig (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 7:08 pm

    Wow, Aaron. You tell us all to get a clue (exclamation point, no less) and then bent out of shape when Mary Sue says to stuff it. I think it was Sartre that said, he who smelt it, dealt it.


  9. Aaron (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 7:17 pm

    Um, Craig… I wasn’t the one who responded to Mary Sue… that was someone else entirely.


  10. The Pirate King (unregistered) on April 21st, 2007 @ 8:41 am

    People people! Can’t we all just get along?

    I commute a couple of hours per day by bus, and leaving by the front door is the least of the transgressions I see. Since we’re all bitching this morning, I’d like to chime in…

    -Take a bath, and wash your clothes once in a while. When it smells like someone just shit out a chopped onion, it can make for a long ride. On the flipside, marinating in perfume is even worse. (That could also explain the open windows. Those of us with hangovers appreciate the fresh air.)

    -People of means who get on, usually the younger set, who ‘only have a dollar’, or need to panhandle seventy cents because they ‘don’t have any change’. TriMet allows overpayment. You just spent $4 on a cup of coffee. Seen what a gallon of gas costs lately? Just cough up and sit down already.

    -Strangers who insist on engaging you in conversation, when it’s abundantly clear I don’t want to discuss the weather beyond a couple of sentences. Don’t ask nosy personal questions; I don’t want some of these folks knowing what I am up to all day and night. If *I* can glean enough info to figure out when someone is home, or away, imagine what a criminal could figure out. And why do you need to know, anyway? I’m not *that* good looking…

    -If you get on the bus, and everyone is quiet, ruminating, whatever, please don’t feel you have to entertain us by singing. (There is a repeat offender on my home line.)It’s great you want to be the next Sanjaya, but please practice in the shower, or on the sidewalk with a paper cup in front of you. You know, somewhere that people can walk away from you without delaying one’s mission by half an hour.

    There! I feel much better. Thanks for listening. I’ll see you on the bus…


  11. RAH (unregistered) on April 21st, 2007 @ 11:59 am

    …and people wonder why most folks prefer to drive their own cars.



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