It always surprises me how one day my transit experience is so good and another so frustrating. I call them Good Transit Days and Bad Transit Days.
Today I arrive at a stop to see a temporary sign which said it had moved 26 yards (not 25 apparently), down the street. I join a few other commuters at the the new but temporary stop. The first bus approaches. I could take it but would prefer the other bus that stops here. Still this first one is a faster route and I could probably make a transfer and still make good time.
The bus pulls up at the original stop! We all start rushing towards the bus, about half way back to the bus, the driver decides to move the bus past us to the temporary stop! Maybe he’s seen the sign? Most of the commuters; ok, all of them get on the bus. I make a quick decision and decide to wait for my preferred bus after all.
The first bus pulls away and I immediately realize I’m screwed. Or at least I do have a quandary. Where do I wait for the bus? I decide to hover half way between the two stops. My preferred bus arrives at the original stop! I board waving at the temporary sign. The driver tells me I was at wrong stop. The sign has a date on it: Wednesday. Two days ago. I hadn’t seen that.
I acknowledge this and mutter grumpily if it’s an old sign it should have been removed. No. The driver tells me they can’t take it down and it moves around a lot. All the more reason I think to myself, why it should be taken down!
But I don’t share this thought with the driver. I realize it’s not him, it’s simply going to be a Bad Transit Day. Sitting on the bus as I write this post I resolve to break this cycle and turn the rest of today into A Good Transit Day. Like Yesterday …
I start by saying thank you as I get off the bus.