Well seeing as I’m working again, I’m spending at least an hour a day on enjoying the wonderful translink transit system. I figured it was about time to mention:
The Different Types of Bus Drivers,
1. Mr. Normal
The name says it all for this one, he knows when and how to step on either gas or brake pedal and is courteous most times. Not annoying at all, quite pleasant actually.
2. Mr. Stop and Go
Unfortunately one of the types that appear quite frequently. He’s the driver that doesn’t seem to care at all that there is actually people on the bus holding on for dear life. Characterized by sudden backward stepping as he accelerates sharply making you think he’s behind on his route timing followed by hard braking just before traffic lights or bus stops sending everyone back in the other direction. Definitely very annoying, and watch out if you forget to hold onto something when he’s starting or stopping.
3. Mr. Take His Time
It’s not very often you encounter this type of driver, usually only when you’re in a hurry as you’re late for work. He’s the one that doesn’t seem to be caught up in the hustle and bustle of Vancouver life and takes his time from stop to stop. I don’t think he’s ever seen above 40 kph. Only annoying when late for work otherwise a nice change.
(just realized I’m only using Mr., please substitute and other prefix that makes you happy)
4. Mr. Herky Jerky
This is definitely my favorite and not in a good way, it also seems to happen quite frequently. I’m not sure how to explain this one properly but I’ll give it a shot. It would appear that some drivers can’t figure out how to operate a gas pedal properly and instead of keeping it in one position to maintain a constant speed, they do this let up and push down nonsense that causes the herky jerky motion. So while your sitting in you seating you keep involuntarily leaning forward and back again, over and over until the bus comes to a stop and then it starts all over again once they start going again. This is the one that I find the most annoying, it’s a freaking gas pedal people, figure it out, it can’t be that difficult and stop pissing off passengers, it’s bad enough we’re riding transit to begin with.
Well that’s my rant for now, so to all the Mr. Normals and Mr. Take His Times, thank you and to the rest of you, smarten up. I do believe that all bus drivers should be required to ride the bus for a certain length of time to see things from a different point of view and possibly change their ways if need be.