How Many People Fit On The S1?

This is the front of the S1 bus this morning, filled to capacity.

Even the often empty area past the back door is elbow to eyeball with passengers.

Yet what happens when we stop to let on passengers? The silent bus driver allows over anxious wanna-be riders to cram the bus more.

At some point, passed often on cold or wet mornings, kindness to fellow man becomes a danger to other men.

WMATA, how about adding a gentle but firm, “Sorry, the bus is full. Please catch the next bus,” training to your bus driver skill set?

5 Comments so far

  1. RedLineRyder (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 11:09 am

    Cramming isn’t fun, and Metro should provide enough buses to fit everyone without stacking them like Lincoln Logs. Still, I was all too often on the other side as a high school student, when one M4 after another would go by my bus stop without stopping because it was full.

    Remember, the next bus may be just as full, and may not arrive for 20-30 minutes. You could have people waiting for hours until one has space and stops.

    Also, in case you hadn’t read the news, a woman in Silver Spring died from the bitter cold yesterday. It’s particularly on cold and wet mornings that it’s a danger to NOT pick people up, and leave them waiting in the bad weather. Unpleasant though crowding may be, I fail to see it posing an equivalent danger, and if it’s a choice between being crammed like sardines and not getting a ride at all, I’ll be a sardine.

  2. MBFan#2 (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 2:50 pm

    Yeah, like it was minus 1 degree out with the wind chill factor and you wanna wait for the next bus? You’re kidding, right? Have a heart!

  3. Heights of Columbia (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 7:33 pm

    You should come and ride the 14th St. bus. It’s the bastion of civility left in the city. I swear!

  4. sa-ra (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 10:36 pm

    remember Russian buses? they have a property of rubber of absorbing any numbers of riders. looks like cold explains dc buses turning into russian ones, well, at least, somewhat.

  5. Wayan (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 9:00 am

    1. Too many people on the bus crowds the bus driver and creates a hazardous situation where she is unable to see the right side of the bus, or the back of the bus. Pedestrians, riders, and other drivers are then at risk.

    2. I counted a total of eight S buses in a row this morning – plenty to pick up everyone who was waiting and then some. This mass bus run is normal for 16th Street.

    3. An extra few minutes in the cold or the rain may be uncomfortable, but its not deadly (the Silver Spring woman wasn’t waiting for the bus). There will be another (less crowded) bus along in a minute, usually right behind it – see #2.

    4. The stops most often skipped because the bus is full are between U Street and Q Street. That’s close enough to either walk to U Street Metro or walk to work, no matter the weather – I did it for three years from 16th & P.

    5. If you really want that bus, then chase it down like a DC Metblogger. Now if the bus is empty – that’s a whole other situation.

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