CTA driver gives us an inside look at bus bunching
Our CTA driver tells us more about bus bunching. Read his thoughts from yesterday.
The only way to really prevent a bus bunch at this point is for the following buses to stay back, but then this seems to only agitate the public whom are trying to get somewhere....which automatically rolls it into your NEXT question......
The comment that drivers purposely SLOW down is condescending and a little insulting. Not to sound as though I'm attacking anyone myself... but the thing that many of the public fail to realize is that we are bound by schedule adherence. Simply put, we are required to maintain the schedules that we are given for our runs.
We must regulate our time between time points. This is especially a sensitive on street with a big interval, say 20 minutes. The public KNOWS when that bus is supposed to come. Some days are very busy and require quick pick ups and go, some are "slower than normal" and may result in a bus "dragging the street". It's either on time (PREFERABLY) or late, there is no early.
If it is early, it must wait out the time. Early is grounds for write-ups, and it's not fair that any one of us must put ourselves in jeopardy for discipline because the public fails to realize this.
If a bus is killing lights or driving slow, chances are its close to its next time point a little too early. To better illustrate, I attached a copy of one trip from two separate runs that I have done. (Download it here.)
You may look at them and say "wow that's a lot of time if its not busy"....imagine how we feel. None of us want to "drive slow on purpose." Again, we are bound by schedule adherence, we HAVE TO DO IT. And in my personal experience...a lot of the runs do indeed have TOO MUCH TIME, and when there's a bus every 5 minutes and the one ahead is late, equalizing time is NOT an easy thing. Now imagine when it's so busy and traffic beyond belief....cue in the bus bunching again. See how it all connects?