Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A Camera Bus?

There is a popular fallacy that four-wheels should be straddling the lane line when they pass two-wheels; "sharing the lane," as it were. There's another alarming one, that once the driver's body has passed the "obstacle" it's time to start drifting back right. Put those two together with a metro bus and it's hair raising.

I had a feeling when the bus pulled up behind me at the red light, so I looked back and memorized all the numbers on the front. After the green, when the driver had an opening, they started to pass halfway within the lane, then while alongside started to run me off the road. Actually there was a row of parked cars, so I'm lucky the bus didn't get any closer. But it's just that, luck, when they were closing on me in the blind spot. After they passed I memorized the numbers off the back of the bus, too.

Then I called the NFTA at 855-7211. Maybe their phone system was busted or over capacity, but I was hung up on at least nine times before I got through to a person, who graciously took my complaint. Here's what I learned:

- they can identify a bus by the numbers on it, but not by its license plate
- that particular bus is a "camera bus," so they can actually review the footage with the driver

I hope they get something out of it for their general bus driver training.

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