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Old 11-13-2010, 12:57 PM
 
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I'm sorry but in Manhattan bus drivers drive SOOOOOOOOOO SLOW....I feel like I'm on one of the GreyLine Sightseeing buses...They could afford to drive a bit faster....

The M15 Limited is suppose to be much faster, but it's not whatever time is saved by less stops is used by dwelling in stops teaching people to pay at the machines and authorities looking and inspecting receipts its all too times consuming...I've seen where buses are stopped for like 10mins while we play the "pay off board" game
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Old 11-13-2010, 03:40 PM
 
Location: North shore, Long Island
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The other day I had to ride the Bx9 leaving Riverdale in the early afternoon, not realizing that at 2:00 that line essentially serves as a school bus for the kids leaving John F. Kennedy H.S. and dispersing to other parts of the Bronx. What a beating! It was bedlam. I would rather have walked from Riverdale to Fordham... Avoid these mobile asylums at all costs!

What's going on with the NYC school system? I've noticed kids from 11 to 13 taking buses in the morning. Have they eliminated the local junior high schools? Do kids start high school at 12 or are kids just skipping grades?
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Old 11-13-2010, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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As a follow-up, today I actually did walk from 225th Street and Broadway to Fordham Plaza, and...no lie...I actually *beat* the Bx9. I made sure to start at the same time the bus pulled up just west of Target, and I literally out-walked it the whole way. Unbelievable. Save your $2.25 and get a good pair of walkin' shoes. (Don't try it at night though...Kingsbridge is no Yellow Brick Road.)
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Old 11-13-2010, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Port Richmond, Staten Island, New York City, New York, 10302
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What's going on with the NYC school system? I've noticed kids from 11 to 13 taking buses in the morning. Have they eliminated the local junior high schools? Do kids start high school at 12 or are kids just skipping grades?

They kicked 7th and 8th graders off of the yellow school buses starting this year. Somehow they think yellow buses riding around half empty is saving a ton of cash.
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Old 11-14-2010, 03:51 AM
 
Location: North shore, Long Island
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They kicked 7th and 8th graders off of the yellow school buses starting this year. Somehow they think yellow buses riding around half empty is saving a ton of cash.
Wow. I'm surprised that didn't cause an uproar with parents.. I know kids in the city are more independent than kids in the suburbs. I started walking to school alone when I was seven. On Long Island parents are seen waiting at the bus stop with the kids going to junior high school. Most would have a fit with the thought of their kids taking public transportation alone.

I'm all in favor of less vehicles on the road but it seems this might lead to more truancy and those kids are worse than the high school kids on the bus. Foul mouth brats!
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Old 11-14-2010, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Port Richmond, Staten Island, New York City, New York, 10302
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Wow. I'm surprised that didn't cause an uproar with parents.. I know kids in the city are more independent than kids in the suburbs. I started walking to school alone when I was seven. On Long Island parents are seen waiting at the bus stop with the kids going to junior high school. Most would have a fit with the thought of their kids taking public transportation alone.

I'm all in favor of less vehicles on the road but it seems this might lead to more truancy and those kids are worse than the high school kids on the bus. Foul mouth brats!

The parents did complain for a while but to no avail. My little sister was one of the ones to get booted off the buses but for whatever reason the bus driver still lets her take it on the way to school. She has to find a different way home though. All in all, she's alive and well. I just don't see how much money this could be saving.

But yeah, to your point, I was walking to school alone and with friends all through elementary school. When I was 10-11 I was taking the city bus to school and when I didn't want to do that I'd walk the mile and a half to get there, sometimes alone sometimes with others. I never really thought anything of it. I don't know. To each his own I suppose.
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Old 11-14-2010, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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I'm sorry but in Manhattan bus drivers drive SOOOOOOOOOO SLOW....I feel like I'm on one of the GreyLine Sightseeing buses...They could afford to drive a bit faster....
In the first place, bus drivers are monitored. This is a direct result of people having complained that some of them were driving too fast! So now, nobody's going to risk getting "taken out of service" to go a few mph faster.

And in the second place, here's a little statistic that everyone should keep in mind: the average speed of a vehicle in Manhattan is 1.9mph. You read that right--less than two miles per hour! You can walk faster than a bus, taxi or car is going to get through Manhattan's streets.

This is also a misdirection of the thread's intent. The problem was morons riding the bus, not driving them!
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Old 11-14-2010, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Upper East Side, NYC
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I avoid the busses whenever I can. Not specifically NYC busses, but all public busses. 9 times out of 10 they're just...yuck.
I almost got hit by a bus recently while on my bike. Wasn't the bus driver's fault though--it was the moron in the car who swerved and pushed me right into the bus's path.
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