Note: This is similar to a post on the Toasted Blog. The original post can be found here.
Why I ride Muni
I don’t have a car
I need it to get places
I’m too lazy to walk
So when the bus is full, why won’t people move to the back — and worst of all, how come Muni drivers rarely enforce the moving back thing, let alone play that annoying automated message,
For the convenience of the people boarding the bus, please move to the rear of the bus
The thing is, operators, from my perspective, care more about the front than the back. If the front isn’t clear, the bus passes people up. Which is another thing I hate.
And the reason people don’t move to the back is that people are probably afraid they won’t be able to get off on time when their stop arrives. Take this example from what I heard while I was on the 49 at 16th and Mission sometime in December:
Can y’all move to the back or let me move to the back cuz y’all look like you scared of the back
The driver didn’t care about the condition of the bus at that time, and we all (the passengers) let her to the back.
Another example is when I was going home on the 19, when the bus was packed except for the back:
I can’t let you guys in the front; it’s state law
Or take this for example:
If y’all ain’t moving back, I ain’t goin’ nowhere
One more thing — automated messages just won’t cut it.
What are your opinions on this? Do you like to stay in the front and not move to the very back? It’s OK, we’ve all done something we’re not proud of.
Photo by Flickr user rubin110