Monday, June 12, 2006
A few details on what it can be like.
- Commonly excessively long times before buses arrive.
- Commonly excessively filthy seats.
- Commonly excessively neglectful, arrogant bus drivers.
- Commonly excessively missing basic services.
- Commonly excessively overcrowded buses.
Over-crowding, filth, long wait times, for instance, could have mitigating effects on ridership if they were isolated problems. But in L.A's p.t system, all these problems abound. The defects run from top to bottom, but not just that, they also continue for years upon years, often causing serious issues of distrust among riders, particularily after a while. Frustrations from these problems consequently spread and affects others parts of the city, particularly when the problems are being repeated. Moreover the neglect of basic services, as well as arrogance, do not discriminate. I've seen old ladies being dodged by bus drivers even though the buses in question had plenty of empty seats avialable. That can either be 1) arrogance, 1) incompetence, & which is worse of these is hard to say.
This is an outrageous issue. Everyone is affected by the neglect by Metro. It's like a Baghdad bus service in the sense of chaos, disorganization, illogic, poor service, and neglect. The question is how it can go that bad here.
I live downtown and EASILY the largest amount of NOISE is from squeeling MTA fan belts. Cripes!