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November 2010
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chris/CO149 [userpic]
Bus report

3/5 coach 3582

Diesels assigned due to construction on 3 Ave.

First trip down to 25/Walker, there's a bus parked there. Normally on Sunday, you don't see buses doubled up at the terminal there, so something is wrong. It's my leader, and his starter won't engage the engine, it just emits a high-pitched whirrr. Suddenly a supervisor pulls up behind me. He tries to start the broken coach (coach 3333, if you're coachspotting). He then makes a command decision and gives that operator my coach as he's late and I'm not due out for 20 minutes. I hop into the supervisor's van and we speed back to the base where I'm issued a new bus. I deadhead from the base to 23/Jackson and pick up my schedule there. New coach 3551.

The rest of the day passes without incident, but it's not quite normal, either. It's superbowl sunday, ya know, and we all need to get in our car and go to the store for stuffers for the game. The Queen Anne Safeway is stuffed with cars second only to the day before Thanksgiving.

Loads aren't heavy, but they're all out of whack. So is traffic. I have a hard time adapting, and run 4-5 minutes late most of the day.


Unrelated to anything in this post, except the presences of a bus: I was on the ... 73? 48? It was one of the 71, 72, 73, 78 or 48. Anyway, I was on this bus (The number at the front looked like "000"; I think I must have been not seeing a digit.) coming home from the UW last week. As we pulled out of the zone at 42nd/15th, a guy ran up to the bus yelling "Hey, wait!" and slapped the window. It was an articulated, bus, and the driver didn't hear him. He ran alongside slapping harder and harder until he broke the window. I thought of you.

#5000 that would be, aka the "Nina". The first three Bredas we got are called the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria.

I rode this coach back to the base after my shift today. The window is fixed.