As an avid user of public transit, I’d like to think that I’ve seen it all while riding the publicly funded limousine service, but every time I speak to my Dad who drives them for a living, I’m reminded there is much more to see.

The morning crush

The Morning Crush – courtesy of tiddlywinker

One common scene we both see regularly is the desire of some people to force their way on to a bus before others have had a chance to get off. A longtime phenomena that has plagued riders of the SkyTrain for years, it seemed to appear on the standard bus system with the introduction of 3 door boarding on the B-Line (which I refer to as Sardine Line as they’re always packed). When the doors open, I find that unless I start throwing elbows or pull out my cattle prod, it’s next to impossible to get off at some stops without being run over by those trying to get on. It’s not like people getting on to the bus quick will cause it to leave earlier as there will always be us wanting to get off, nor does it guarantee a seat as I’m probably in the way of a vacant one as I don’t have the means to get off.


Umbrella, umbrella please go away! – courtesy of mpan3

My other pet peeve typically shows itself when the weather becomes inclement. It seems that covered bus shelters are built in such a fashion that they let the rain, snow, sleet, and frogs pass through so some believe it’s important to keep their umbrella up. Although I have yet to find a shelter such as this, I find time and time again others are taking the safe path and occupy much more space than necessary keeping their head just that much dryer. Again, seriously – why not close your umbrella for the time being? Heck, if you have one, why not stand where you can put it to much better use? However, I’m all about sharing but simply ask that you put your umbrella down and allow many of us to stay just as dry as you are.

There. I’m better.

Slash rant.