Not Enough People Using Buses
Metrorail has been jammed all day, but in Maryland, the District and Virgina, I saw many buses that had plenty of room.
People just can't seem to cross that threshold and take a bus. To them, transit means trains.
After the swearing-in, I met a woman on Virginia Avenue who was walking back to a Metrobus for her return trip to Virginia. She made the point that in the morning, people had to let numerous trains go by before they could board, but that buses heading the same way had seats.She was sticking with the bus.
Not that simple, right? The trains are relatively easy to understand. Buses are more complicated. There's anxiety about where you're going to wind up. And sometimes, you're right to be anxious.Today, there were many detours and slowdowns.
Why does it work for her? Because she studies up, examines the timetables and routes, knows about alternatives. If something goes amiss, she knows how to deal. It does take a little extra effort, but it can pay off some days, like today.
The drivers are generally pretty helpful. The ones I heard talking to passengers today were very patient, helping them figure out if that bus would get them near their destination. Of course, it helps to be prepared to walk a few blocks if you encounter really serious detours.
If you're still in town, look again at the list of 23 special routes that Metrobus is running to get people away from central Washington. Here's a map showing where they go. Here's the map that shows where they pick people up.
What was your experience on the buses today?
At 5:30 p.m., the Post's John Kelly reported that from16th and L streets NW that an S4 left for Silver Spring with just 10 people aboard.
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