Thursday, January 07, 2010

Bus Report #480

Last night I took a 38L towards home from downtown.
At Powell there was some sort of scuffle and someone talking very loudly up front. I wasn't sure what was going on, but our driver got on the PA system and said, "Quiet down back there and cut it out, there are cameras on board."
Eventually the people quieted down, and I never got a good look at them.

The stop identifier was one stop ahead the whole ride, so that the bus said, "Polk-Van Ness" when we were at the Geary and Larkin stop, for example. So after each early identifier, the driver would add, "Next Stop."
It was kind of funny, because the automated voice would say each stop once, then the driver would add his announcement, then the automated voice would repeat, and so would our driver.

This morning the 22 was late. Late, and full. The fare box was broken, too. This is the second broken fare box on a bus that I have seen this week. And Muni wonders why they are so broke financially? Wouldn't it be a better idea to take buses with broken fare boxes off the schedule until they are fixed?
They lost a lot of money this morning, as evidenced by people trying to pay and the hordes of riders who crammed in to the back of the bus with no intention to pay at all.

When I got on the bus all the seats were taken, except for one right in front of Carmen, next to a guy who kept reaching in to his pocket (which was right next to my side) to check his phone. When he got out, hurriedly at Hayes, clutching a large manila envelope, Carmen came over to sit next to me in her usual spot.
Carmen and I chatted about the late bus, her nightmare commute from yesterday morning and the Fast Pass fare increase.


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