Thursday, August 13, 2009
UPDATE: From Metro: "Based on the photos posted on you site indicating that a Metrobus operator stopped a bus to pick up some , Metro started an investigation. The operator admitted that he had indeed done that, and he was given a three-day suspension without pay."
Why do passengers get irate and assume the worst when a bus driver pulls over for no apparent reason?
The stills, compiled in a video format with text commentary, were taken by bigblockz8, a "metro bus and rail enthusiast," on April 1, at around 5:45 p.m., but they were posted to YouTube on Aug. 9.
Bigblockz8 is the same person who took the infamous sleeping Metro operator video.
These stills were taken with a Sony Ericcson 350i phone on a cold and windy April day, he said. He often carries a video capable device.
The bus was an R5, a NABI 60LFA BRT #5403, according to bigbockz8.
He said the operator pulled a full bus across several lanes of traffic in order to get to the KFC. No announcement was made. "He just left."
Bigblockz8 says it took the driver 15 minutes to get his food, and by the time he came back, an R2 bus pulled up, and almost everyone jumped ship, cramming from a 60-foot bus to a 40-foot bus, he said.
"I think that the Board of WMATA should ride every line [and] route and commute and see what is really up," he said.
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Posted by Unsuck DC Metro at 9:16 PM