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July 27, 2006

Yet Another Reason I Hate Buses

Filed under: Urban Living — by teofilo @ 7:59 pm

Coming home from work today, the bus driver almost didn’t stop for me because I was, in his words, “nowhere near the bus stop.”  I was about 20 feet from the sign, which I interpreted as meaning I was well within the bus stop.  Was I wrong, or was he?  How big is a bus stop?



  1. 20 feet sounds like a long way, but it may depend on whether it’s just a sign or one of those lengthier sign + bench + shelter constructions. Having watched buses drive right by me while standing within 5-10 feet of the sign*, I usually try to keep pretty close to the sign.

    *A couple of those times I think the driver skipped the stop on purpose or didn’t know the route. The sign was right after a sharp right turn and it was clear the driver wasn’t even looking for people on the sidewalk.

    Comment by eb — July 27, 2006 @ 8:20 pm |Reply

  2. Just a sign. I think the main issue is that I was the only person waiting at the stop.

    On my way to work today, a bus zoomed by the stop even though there were several people waiting right at the sign. Weird.

    Comment by teofilo — July 27, 2006 @ 8:28 pm |Reply

  3. I’ve found that I need to be within spitting distance of the bus stop sign in order for the driver to stop for me. Though this depends on whether it’s an urban or suburban bus stop. In a city, the increased prevalence of people who are just standing around on the sidewalk makes it more necessary to be standing right at the bus stop. In the suburbs, you have a little more flexibility.

    Also, an alternative is to wave your hand (as if hailing a cab) at the bus; this technique is mostly used when I am running late and haven’t yet reached the stop. It usually works, though not always.

    Comment by Matt F — July 27, 2006 @ 8:29 pm |Reply

  4. I considered waving my hand as the bus approached, but I thought stepping into the street right as it pulled up was good enough. It turned out to be, but just barely.

    (This is an urban stop.)

    Comment by teofilo — July 27, 2006 @ 8:31 pm |Reply

  5. You guys.

    I’ve had buses stop for me when I was 20’+ away from the stop, not hurrying, and completely ignoring it, in the hopes that, you know, the jackass wouldn’t “wait” for me.

    Comment by ~Macarena~ — July 27, 2006 @ 11:25 pm |Reply

  6. I’ve had buses entirely pass me by during rush hour because the driver determined that there was no more room on the bus for further people. Leading me to have to take a little 30-minute run to school so as to not be late for the class I was teaching, and try to suppress my homicidal urges. Eventually I developed the habit of adjusting my sleep schedule so I could be at least a half-hour early for any class I was teaching, which I think is worth it.

    Comment by Chris B. — July 28, 2006 @ 8:59 pm |Reply

  7. 5. refers to buses I don’t ride.

    Comment by ~Macarena~ — July 28, 2006 @ 9:41 pm |Reply

  8. Wave and run. You’ve got to seem like you want that bus.

    Comment by Jackmormon — July 29, 2006 @ 12:45 am |Reply

  9. I’ve decided that unless I’m physically wrapping my legs in a prehensile way around the bus stop sign and screaming, “FOR THE LOVE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, STOP!!!” Although what may be worse than having a bus not stop is waiting at stop until you feel you are some simpleton-where everyone else who passes you thinks “yeah, she’s totally waiting for a bus that stopped running 2 hours ago.” The sign says “runs during the day and early evening.” What is early evening? 5? 6? Whenever I happen to be waiting for it? I’m getting a razor scooter and when people ask me for a ride I’ll say “sorry, it’s past early evening and you weren’t within the distance of the sign.” Bastards.

    Comment by Bfro — January 6, 2007 @ 7:36 pm |Reply

  10. an alternative is to wave your hand (as if hailing a cab) at the bus

    Comment by John Pitaloka — April 26, 2007 @ 6:39 am |Reply

  11. 10-15 feet that is how big the bus shelter are. so 20. never could he see you. He is looking at the stop. And he doe’nt care toooooo!

    Comment by Anonymous — July 3, 2007 @ 1:16 pm |Reply

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