It's just this little chromium switch, here... (derspatchel) wrote,
It's just this little chromium switch, here...
derspatchel

THIS IS A WELLINGTON BUS

I know it's an unwritten rule that the MBTA hire surly Travis Bickle types to drive the buses, but I really gotta say at times I can't blame the drivers for eventually snapping.

See, I ride the 90 from Davis Square to Wellington almost every weekday. On the way we stop at Sullivan Square. The 90 hits Sullivan twice -- once on the Davis-Wellington run, and once on the Wellington-Davis run. It stops at the same bus berth no matter which direction it runs. Being only one of two buses whose routes pass through Sullivan rather than terminate there, it can cause a bit of confusion. Too much confusion, really. Even when the lighted display sign is working and the driver is speaking clearly and loudly, nobody ever bothers to listen. This means that every day, without fail, a variation on the following scene happens. The variation I'm writing actually happened today.

DRIVER: Wellington! Wellington Station!
PASSENGER 1: Is this going to Davis?
DRIVER: No, Wellington! (hollering out the open door at the crowd of people waiting to board) WELLINGTON STATION, THIS IS A WELLINGTON BUS.
PASSENGER 2 (putting his money in the fare box): You mean we're not going to Davis?
DRIVER: No, we're going to Wellington! WELLINGTON.
PASSENGER 2: Oh. Can I get my money back?
(DRIVER gives PASSENGER 2 a transfer. Meanwhile PASSENGER 3 pays her fare, nods at the driver, and boards the bus.)
PASSENGER 4: But isn't this bus the one that goes to Davis?
DRIVER: The Davis bus will be along shortly! I'm going to WELLINGTON! THIS BUS IS GOING TO WELLINGTON, THIS IS A WELLINGTON BUS.
PASSENGER 5 (running into the bus all frantic): IS THIS MY BUS?!
DRIVER: I don't know! Where are you going?
PASSENGER 5: DAVIS!
DRIVER (finally losing it): GET OFF THE BUS! THE DAVIS BUS WILL BE HERE SOON. ANYBODY ELSE GOING TO WELLINGTON? WELLINGTON?
(The rest of the crowd outside shakes their head. So the DRIVER closes the bus door and takes off.)

Then, as we make the right-hand turn to go to Assembly Square instead of going left to Broadway...

PASSENGER 3: Wait, I thought we were going to Davis! Stop the bus, STOP THE BUS!!

Every.
Single.
Day.

I'd turn surly too.
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 12 comments