City Weekend Bus Question
posted by November 3 at 13:28 PMon
As everybody who reads this site regularly probably knows, I ride the bus but I don’t like riding the bus. It’s slow, smelly, dirty, hot, filled with people with serious mental-health and substance abuse problems, etc., etc. I know some of the buses are less awful than the one I ride regularly, but let’s face it: Liberal, usually white and middle-class, Seattleites who say riding the bus is a great way to get around don’t ride the bus. I should know. I never see them.
Rail is one solution. In every city I’ve ever been to—even cities with decent, clean, reliable bus service—riding rail is a more pleasant experience than riding the bus. But we aren’t going to get rail until 2009, and then only to the South End. So in the meantime, what could be done to make the experience of bus riding more pleasant for the 95 percent of riders who don’t stink, aren’t wasted, aren’t selling drugs, aren’t harassing other passengers, and aren’t raving loudly to themselves?
A bus riders’ union, like the ones formed by fed-up citizens in many other cities? More police on buses? A stricter hygiene and drug use policy—one that’s actually enforced, rather than the completely toothless system we have now? More frequent bus service and a kiosk at bus stops telling riders when the next bus will arrive? A faster, perhaps curbside, ticketing system?
What do y’all think?