April 19th, 2015

i'm a ghost... or at least, that's what the bus driver seems to think

My city (Halifax, NS) doesn't have the best transit system in the world, but it's my only mode of transportation besides my feet so I suck it up. In order to get to work, I have to take a bus over the bridge and transfer at the terminal. The bridge by the terminal is closed for construction most evenings, has been since February, and will be for at least the next year and a half. On those evenings, there's a shuttle that takes people over the other bridge and to the terminal by taking the long way around. The shuttle goes every ten to fifteen minutes, but it's a longer trip than going directly over the first bridge. I prefer to err on the side of caution and take the earlier shuttle, rather than the one that's supposed to get to the terminal at almost the exact same time as my connection. When you take transit, ten minutes is a huge difference.

Last Monday, I was waiting at the bus stop for the shuttle that was going to come at 9:20. My connection leaves the terminal at 9:55 (and only goes every hour after 9 pm), so I thought that would give me plenty of time.

When I wait for a bus, I typically stand at the edge of the sidewalk and look in the direction it's supposed to be coming from to try and make it as obvious as possible that the driver should stop. I was doing just that when I saw the shuttle coming toward me. I had my bus pass in hand and was all ready to board when the driver just drove right by me. I immediately started running after it, since usually when they drive by people (not an uncommon occurrence tbh) they'll stop when they realize their error.

Not this guy.

There was no way he didn't see me at all. Like I said, I was standing right at the edge of the sidewalk and then started going after him. The night before, the driver of the shuttle drove by me at my stop as well, but he stopped when he realized I was there and let me catch up (he didn't even apologize for driving by me though).

I get this is a new route and all, but it's been in place for almost two months now. When the bridge is open, a ton of buses service this stop.

The 9:30 shuttle did get me to the terminal in time to make my connection--by about a minute. :/ I sent in a complaint, since I don't think it's unreasonable to expect buses to stop at bus stops.