On Bus Driver Punctuality

Everyone who takes public transit in Vancouver is familiar with this sight: someone is running madly to catch the bus at the stop, only to have the door slam in their face two seconds before they reach it, and the luckless person is left tapping at the door to no avail — the bus goes anyway. It’s probably even happened to you.

Translink bus drivers are notorious for their punctuality. Maybe it’s in their contract: Leave at an exact time or there will be dire consequences. Like Jove throwing a lightning bolt.

The other day, I was sitting in my bus and we were leaving the UBC bus loop when the bus paused, and the driver spoke out the window: “Do you want to get on? Okay, I’ll just do another round.”

And he did go back just to pick up a few straggling people. 🙂

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