Comment 14767

By Myrcurial (registered) - website | Posted November 29, 2007 at 15:10:27

Based on my own daily ridership of the Barton bus, HSR management does not have useful metrics (there is no effort to record what information is available.) The system as it is today is managed so in-efficiently, I would hazard that with only two minor changes, they could save enough money that the increase would not be necessary.

1) Require that drivers admit that the skinny pedal on the right has more than two positions -- "slammed to the floor" and "off" -- Sweden requires drivers to drive sensibly. The wear and tear reductions, the reductions in frequency of brake jobs, the reduction in fuel use.

2) Require that buses adhere to the schedule. It does no good to run a bus over packed (more than 70 people on board) with an empty bus (less than 10 on board) within 1 minute of each other then nothing at all for 20 minutes. There's a posted schedule, please use it. In the last 2 weeks, I have been on exactly 1 on-time bus... and 10 which were overflowing.

Simple solution to a complex problem which does not punish those people who need the service the most.

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