Posts tagged: bus drivers
I have a bus driver friend whose current afternoon STA route overlaps part of my bike ride home.
Sometimes, when he overtakes me slowly going up a hill, he opens the bus doors and asks, “Need a ride?”
Yesterday afternoon, I was on my way home and heard a bus coming up from behind.
When my friend opened the doors and smiled, I asked him how he always managed to encounter me when I was going my slowest. I suggested it was if he is my personal trainer or something.
He said he liked that idea. Then his face grew serious and he said “Let's pick up the pace a little.”
…an STA driver.
The men and women behind the wheel of the bus are under pressure to stay on schedule. That's as it should be, of course.
But they are also encouraged to wait for late arrivals who are on their way to a bus stop. Naturally, most drivers would like nothing better than to give stragglers time to make it to the bus. But if you do that several times you quickly find yourself running late. And that's not good.
I suppose many of us face push/pull conflicts in our jobs. But the prospect of having to choose between being seen as a heartless bad guy or messing up the route schedule seems like something that would really wear you down after a while.