The rules-crazy bus driver runs a maddeningly tight ship

The rules-crazy bus driver runs a maddeningly tight ship

Here's a guest post from Susan:

I've come to dread when I encounter the rules-crazy bus driver on the #80 Irving Park.

  • He yells at kids for not letting a woman board in front of him. "Did your parents not teach you to let ladies goes first?"
  • He won't let people board in the front until everyone gets off, yelling at people who try.
  • He puts the ramp down for able-bodies women with strollers.
  • He scolds people for standing near the rear exit, even stopping the bus until they move.
  • He leans on the horn till cars move out of the bus stop lane. On the #80 Irving Park, that makes for a 20-honk trip.

As a result of his strict adherence to the rules, it often takes him 15 minutes to get from Cicero to Pulaski. When I'm lucky enough to catch another driver, the trip is much quicker.

While I understand the need for rules and vigilance, there's also a time for flexibility. Besides, all the yelling and honking is very nerve-wracking.

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  • Maybe that speaks more about the passengers and bus stop blockers. These used to be well accepted rules of common courtesy. Maybe next one will be yelling that he enforces the don't move if someone is standing in front of the yellow line rule, although I believe I read somewhere that CTA thinks it is above that federal law.

  • i'm a full supporter of him yelling at people who stand near the rear doors.

  • In reply to mickcube:

    Totally agree.
    Those people are annoying as can be, they're just in the way.

    But ladies first?
    No way anymore.
    What I'm sick of are the cash payers that board first. They take forever!

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    Aren't those with RFID cards using the "Go Lane," or are you one of those still with card Transit Cards?

  • In reply to jack:

    I have a smart card, touch it & get on quick.

  • In reply to jack:

    So that's where he went! He was a champion on the 77 route at one point, and being disabled and needing all the help I can get to manage public transportation, he is my hero! I realize manners and chivalry are faint memories from the past, but I surely appreciate someone who is willing to hang on for just awhile longer. Sorry, young ones, fit and able, you'll be older some day, too.

  • In reply to jack:

    Sometimes standing by the rear door is the only space available. If you do that though, you have to be prepared to get off the bus to make way for people exiting, then get back on the bus.

  • In reply to jack:

    Now can we get a rail operator who kicks everyone off the train who leans alongside the door and refuses to move when the doors open?

  • In reply to tambreet:

    We used to have those. They were called 'conductors.'

  • In reply to tambreet:

    I'd like to suggest that this driver take a checker job at my Jewel. Then maybe we'd see the "15 items or less" rule enforced.
    --JRS

  • In reply to tambreet:

    Not long ago I was admonished by a bus driver for raising my arm to signal her at the stop. She gave me to understand she felt it was rude and unnecessary. I told her I had found it to be necessary in the past. I also told her I thought it was a courtesy, since there are three different routes stopping there, to make it clear whether I was waiting for that bus or not.

  • In reply to tambreet:

    I hate that Bus Driver. Whenever I saw him on the 77 I waited for the next bus. I go 3 stops after work, and I take the bus simply to avoid walking under the viaduct coming up to Kedzie and having to deal with all the homeless people that live under there. I always try to remain near the front of the bus and exit out the front door due to the light post the busses always seem to manage to park the back door right in front of. I just dont want to be harassed by the drivers as well as the passengers

  • In reply to tambreet:

    Bet your Mother's real proud of you Scooter....you're a charmer for sure !

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