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    Rob S.
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    This is for bus drivers, particularly the ones who work for the Wilts and Dorset company in the English counties of Wiltshire and Dorset. But if any other bus drivers in the world do this, then please add your comments.

    Why is it that when en route, drivers pull over to a bus stop when no one wants to get on and no one wants to get off. They just sit there for 5 minutes and do absolutely nothing – no checking maps, takings, fuel gauges, lights, nothing. Is this to pass a bit of time, so that they arrive in the station at the correct scheduled time, because they’re too far ahead of schedule?

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    #47445

    John B.
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    Years ago as a freelance writer I did a story about bus drivers in St. Louis, MO. It’s very important for a bus not to run early (people depend on them to be there). So a driver generally checks his time at each stop, and when he gets ahead, he stops at a stop and waits until the time he’s supposed to be there.

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    #22773

    You’re absolutely right. We’re killing time in order to stay on schedule. The worst thing a bus driver can do is run too far ahead of schedule. Route running times are based on making proper connections with other routes and allowances are made for the picking up and dropping off of passengers. If you are not stopping, either to pick up or drop off, you tend to get a little ahead of things. Our system uses an onboard data link to show our deviation from scheduled running times, and when the deviation becomes too great, we will remain at a stop in order to correct this. I have been bus driver for the Toronto Transit Commission for 14 years. There are many variables that can affect the posted schedule but we really do try our best to stay on track.

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    #29012

    N.G.
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    I know when I was a University student with no car, it made me insane when a bus would go roaring past my stop and miss me because it was running ahead of schedule. As far as I am concerned, a good driver will always try to be at the stops at the same time, every day. A good passenger will recognize the importance of that timeliness and plan accordingly!

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