Thursday, March 01, 2012

Wrong Choice

This morning, heading to my other office, I was on the Howard Transit Purple bus going north when the dispatcher called the driver and sent him back to the mall to pick up a driver who needed to go to Elkridge. People on the bus - a couple dozen - were outraged. Me, too. And rightly so. As one woman said, "You're making a whole busload of people late for work for one man who couldn't be there on time like everyone else!"

I missed my connection at the MARC station. I'm fairly sure most of the people on the bus were late - after all, I clocked this move as adding 10 minutes to the route. Two people bailed off the bus to grab a cab, they were so afraid of what their employers would do.

By my reckoning, Howard Transit had four other choices:
  1. He could have waited for the next bus. This wasn't any route's first run, and nobody could have been on overtime yet. But, supposing that there was some bus sitting around with no driver, then
  2. He had a van which he was leaving in Laurel. He could have driven that to Elkridge. If there was some reason he couldn't leave the van there, then
  3. They could have sent someone to drive him, a manager or mechanic or somebody. If they truly had no person with a driver's license to spare, then
  4. There are cabs at Laurel. He could have taken one of them. If it was his fault he was late, he could have paid, or HT could have.
Any of those options would have inconvenienced him or Howard Transit a little but would not have made a busload of people - with more waiting at stops along the way - late. But HT elected to do the one that didn't cost them anything ... except the goodwill of their passengers.

Bad call.

(And, yes, I called them (and so did half the people on the bus), and I wrote them.)

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2 Comments:

At 9:16 PM, March 01, 2012 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

And to think that the clueless Weingarten won a Pulitzer for his publicity stunt with the fiddler in the subway :-(((

 
At 10:48 AM, March 03, 2012 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

That was so stupid. Nobody chooses to be late to work to listen to a musician, no matter how brilliant he is. Weingarten wouldn't.

I understand Metro wouldn't let him play on the platform, but honestly. If he'd been playing on a median strip, were people supposed to stop their cars and listen?

 

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