It’s bad enough to drive in the dark when bus stops are barely visible, it’s even worse when there is fog so thick you have to struggle to see 200ft in front of yourself. Thankfully the stops that did have passengers waiting at them were either well lit from above or were backlit by storefront lights. With the sun starting to rise hopefully most of it will burn off within the next hour.
If you are reading this and you catch a bus early in the morning or late at night, please break out your cell phone when you see the bus approaching. You have no idea how much more visible you become. If you carry a flashlight that’s even better.
The fog has cleared up, but it’s not completely gone. And for those of you who are driving, turning your brights on during any kind of precipitation will only make visibility worse.
Recently I had the good fortune of finally being able to go and check out what our cohorts at PSTA (Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority) are up to in St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Largo. Since I became an operator (not driver Zach!) I’ve wanted to do this, but I never really had anyone who was interested in transit as I am to join me. In these last few months a friend of mine, Zachary Ziegler came to visit me in Tampa. So I decided that we should both make this journey, and we finally did. Continue reading →
The day has come for your first trip on public transportation. You know where you need to go, you’ve got your map in hand as well as your bus schedule. Now comes the task of actually getting on the bus. Some of you might think, “well how hard could that possibly be?” For the vast majority of the time its pretty darn simple, but there are those select few times where it might seem like the world is against you. So hopefully with the help of this post you’ll never miss the bus again, and if you do you’ll understand why. Continue reading →
If you grew up in the United States, then you more than likely rode to school on one of these:
You knew that when that bus stopped you could get on and off safely without worry. When you get to your stop you got off and went running home without a second thought to traffic, because it was stopped and couldn’t go anywhere while YOUR bus was there.
Well now you are all grown and you use a city bus to get around, not only is it not bright yellow, but it doesn’t have the same magical powers your school bus did. Yet you still dart out in front to get to work on time, and that was the last thing you ever did because you just got hit by a car going 45mph to get around YOUR bus.
Its an everyday occurrence, I see a passenger get off my bus and then without thinking begins to walk in front of the bus to cross the street. I can’t really fault them for it, its something that is ingrained in our minds ever since our first day of school. But crossing the street BEFORE the bus leaves is one of the most dangerous practices I see daily. On numerous occasions I’ve had to blow my horn to prevent an unsuspecting passenger from taking what might be their last steps. This video clearly demonstrates what I mean
The little girl gets off just like she would her school bus. Thankfully the driver was quick acting and potentially saved her little life. But as with most things in life it doesn’t always end that way.
So as a passenger, make sure you wait until the bus leaves and whenever possible, cross at a lit intersection with a crosswalk. As a driver, when you approach a stopped public bus don’t be in a rush to speed around, you may forever alter someone else’s life and your own. Cover your brake and because alert and cautious until you clear the bus or the bus leaves. This very small things can have a HUGE impact on your safety and someone else’s.
Most people believe that the efficiency of a bus route rests solely on the bus authority. While most of the responsibility rests on the bus company, the passengers who use that bus route have quite a bit of control in the how efficient that route reaches its destination. Continue reading →