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Unruly Buses and Bus Drivers in Buenos Aires

December 18, 2009

So someone was on here defending how the bus drivers have to stay on a “schedule”, which I find highly unlikely, and that one of the reasons why a bus driver might pass you by–at the bus stop, if you are there waiting for a bus–is because he has overtaken the bus in front of him and has to assume that buses schedule.

Nonsense.

Today I counted 5 (yes FIVE!!) number 15 buses that passed by the bus stop that I was waiting at on Luis Maria Campos. There was a line of about 10 people already and it’s not as if all 5 passed us in a line (which does happen).

Two passed, both made eye contact with the line waiting, one driver shrugged and the other raised one hand, palm to the sky, as if to say “sorry.”

Then a third, who also made eye contact and shrugged.

Then a fourth and fifth in line who both made eye contact with the line as well.

At that point I asked the person at the front of the line how long they had been waiting for the bus (specifically so I could come write this blog): 25 minutes. This is at 2:30 in the afternoon on a weekday.

I don’t know if a 6th bus stopped or not because I took a taxi.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Sara permalink
    January 1, 2010 10:30 pm

    Next time you board a 15 bus, I suggest you ask the driver why don’t they always stop.

    Kvetching will get you nowhere, but asking may yield and explanation.

  2. January 1, 2010 10:36 pm

    Hi Sara,

    Thanks for your comment!

    I actually have asked repeatedly and have never gotten an answer that makes sense. The best answer is “Hay unos pelotudos en este mundo,” or “A algunos conductores no les importa nada.” Neither answer of course gives any reason for why the bus drivers do this.

    Also, when asking this question I have gotten an extremely high anger/aggressive response where they say, angrily “Por que te impora?!” or “Asi es.”

    I wish it were as easy as just asking.

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