What is going on with the buses?
Tuesday, November 15, 20115 Comments
Getting to school on time is becoming more difficult as buses zoom by
As university students, many of us rely on the bus system as our main source of transportation. This service, which we do not control, is something we trust to take us to our classes everyday. However, as most of you might be aware, the bus system is very flawed. At peak hours it may take up to five attempts to actually get connected with Next Bus. Furthermore, buses are usually early or late, but rarely on time, and taking the bus is becoming very time consuming. During the busiest hours it is very difficult to get a seat and sometimes you are left to wait for the next bus asking yourself the horrible question will I make it to school on time?
There are some very helpful bus drivers who will actually try to get everyone to make space, but others will simply use the bus full sign when it is only half full. Normally this might not be such a large problem, but when you are trying to get to a midterm or exam it makes a big difference.
My favorite scenario is when you are walking toward the bus loop at the university and you see your bus. Of course, you immediately start walking faster and right as you get there the bus starts pulling out. When you make eye contact with the driver, he/she often has a guilty expression as the bus pulls away. I understand this rule of not being able to stop once the bus has left the platform, but sometimes it just seems cruel when you are steps away from the bus.
On another note, if you look at the emails the CSA has been sending students, you have noticed that starting in January there will be new bus routes and times. Instead of the standard twenty minutes, there will be a fifteen minute schedule . After looking at this new schedule I noticed that my route had been changed and although the change did not affect me, it affected a lot of people that rely on these services.
Essentially, the two bus routes that go down Gordon St. (the 51 and 54) are being combined into one and another corridor type of route is being added. I have many questions about this because I am already having trouble getting on my bus. It is difficult to understand how the new area the bus is covering will be beneficial. Based on the trouble of getting on the bus in the original route, how will adding a completely new section to this single bus route be helpful to anyone?
Out of sheer confusion I emailed Guelph Transit. After weeks of waiting, I still have received no answer and have lost hope. I finally started asking some of the bus drivers that I see regularly and they told me that they were just as confused as the rest of us.
Thankfully the city had made the decision not to implement the new routes and schedules in November, but to wait until January instead. Come January, for better or for worse, it seems as though we will be having a new bus schedule and routes. Hopefully these routes will be better than the current ones, but for now I am anxiously awaiting what the next semester and new routes will bring.
Jasleen Dhillon is a student at the University of Guelph and a dedicated volunteer at thecannon.ca
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