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Wednesday, December 03, 2008


Observations at the Bus Stop, part 2....
As the construction continues downtown Minneapolis to add another bus lane 2nd Ave and Marquette Ave, our routes were once again "adjusted".

Don't get me wrong, I'm OK with that. I'll catch the bus anywhere. Just as long as it's in a safe part of town.

For the last week or so, I've been catching the bus a few blocks away from my office. I'd like to say I'm getting more exercise, but really it's for one reason. To get a seat. Our bus is always standing room only by the time we hit the last stop in downtown.

Anyway, at this bus stop, there are a lot of people catching the bus with another bus company. Unlike other major cities, we have probably 6 different bus and transit companies which take folks to all parts of the metro area.

Last week as I was walking towards the bus stop, I noticed 3 lines of people. Neat, orderly lines. It reminded me of elementary school when you would line up to walk down the hall to lunch, gym class, music, and so on.

I was baffled. Where they really standing in line? Or did it just look like a line? As I'm standing there waiting for my bus, I see another bus pull up and every single person in one of those lines walks up to the bus--staying in their line--and file on to the bus one by one.

Like little ducks in a row. One by one.

I began to wonder if there were lines on the side walk indicating where the line began for a specific bus number....460 line starts here. I mean, there were the 3 lines of people and then a mass of folks (which is where I was) waiting for other busses. I confess...as I got on my bus and drove by I made it a point to look. Nope. Nothing on the sidewalk indicating a line should start here.

I wonder what started this pattern? Was there a mad rush to the bus one day that caused drama in the fact that someone had to sit on the aisle rather than the window? Did the bus company send out a letter saying that an orderly line is needed? And how do you know that you're in the right line? It really does baffle me. I'm thankful that my bus doesn't run that way.

However, I am bummed. With the move to the new bus stop, I have no idea if the man wearing the ski goggles still rides the bus.

5 comments:

Shelley said...

Thanks for the comment love. I am adding you to my blogroll. I don't have a bloggy friend in Minnesota and I just love the way you'ns talk. LOL.

Hope to get to know you better through you blog.

Kristen said...

Funny post..stopped by yesturday for SITSmas and thought I'd come again. Glad I did and glad you got on the right bus :)

Tracy Griffin - Artist said...

You goofball. It's all part of Minnesota nice.

Trying to Stay Calm! said...

I'm new here! What a great blog :) ♥ Hugs!

Aubrey said...

LOL
I rode the bus for the first time last month with my 15 yo. It's funny because he can tell me how to get from point A to point B, no problem. LOL