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.
I know that most of the posts I make about HART are usually in a good light. But I have to say that this post is not a good one. One July 19, 2012 a HART bus operator, a fellow operator was attacked. You would think that with an Authority like HART they would have acted swiftly and decidedly to protect Colin Brown, but they did almost the exact opposite. The response time to aide him in his time of need was abysmal and the follow up by HART was equally dis-heartening. This attack could have gone down a much different road too. Fortunately Mr. Brown is alive, and at home resting and recuperating. HART may not have been able to foresee this happening, but they most certainly should have handled it better and with more care and professionalism. I’ll let you watch the story below and let you form your own opinions. My opinion is that I do not feel safe and protected where I work anymore. The same can be said for most of my fellow operators. As a passenger, wouldn’t you like to know that when you board a bus that your safety and security is the companies first priority? I know I would.
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 →
Hey everyone, I know its been a while since my last post. Since I decided to become an extraboard operator I haven’t had much time to do much more than work or sleep. This also happens to be the topic of my new post; the life of an extra board operator. Continue reading →
What is one of the best ways you can think of to explore the places where we live in and work? You could walk, but you can only see so much in a given time. What about your bike? It’s a nice idea, but you only get a little bit further than your feet can carry you alone. My car, that’s how! Well you could use your car, but you have two issues there. One, you can’t really take in whats around you or you might get into an accident. Two, in our economic climate you won’t want to go far because of the price of gas. There is one other option that most never EVER consider, THE BUS! Continue reading →
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