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Something I just don’t “get”…

… is why OC Transpo just doesn’t “get” why it has an image problem.

Put aside singing drivers, yelling drivers, drivers on phones, etc. for a sec and just consider scheduling. This should be fairly simple. After thousands of runs, you’d think that the gurus who work for Mr. Mercier should have a handle on the number of buses needed on a certain route at a certain time of the day. Furthermore, one would assume that when these same gurus alter a route that has the effect of removing about 50 percent of the buses along a given stretch, that they would increase the frequency of the remaining route to make up for the loss.

But no, I am writing this post on a jam-packed 148. Been jam-packed since the middle of Kilborn, in fact. Standing room only and yes, some have been left at the curb.

This should have been foreseen.

We can only hope that when the gurus go back to their data in planning the winter route changes that it will dawn on them that adding a run or two might go a bit of a way in keeping we paying riders a bit happier.


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  1. Dave says:

    You of course make the usual mistake of assuming a transit system is for the transport of passengers. The system exists only to provide employment for bureaucrats and so anyone else, drivers, mechanics, janitors ad especially passengers are merely numbers to be entered into the proper boxes on the bureaucrats spread sheets. The idea of making a service that serves the passengers is laughable. Unless of course your waiting in the cold at a bus stop as the bus either passes you or doesn’t show up.

    1. trashee says:

      Given the 10 cm of white crap that was on the ground this morning, I gave them some slack for being late!!

  2. RunnertheFirst says:

    I hear ya. When I lived and went to school in London, Ont I rode the LTC daily across town from home to school. Other than a few really weird passengers the bus system in London is terrific. Never was the bus later than 10 min and rarely did I need to stand for very long due to a lack of seats. I don’t understand why OCtranspo doesn’t study other cities and adopt their good practices. Sure sounds like they could use a few good practices.

    1. trashee says:

      Bloody frustrating!

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