Monday, April 19, 2010

Annoyed Passengers

The commuters of Roosevelt Island are getting accustomed to the Red Bus system. While some may not be bothered by the changes in their commute, others are a bit annoyed.

Typically, the first stop of the bus is the the tram, then the F train station on the island. The bus would run on the schedule of the tram, boarding customers transferring from the tram to the bus every 15 minutes. Now, there is no tram, but the bus continues to run on that same schedule operating 15 minutes after its reached its last stop. F train passengers have become annoyed by the bus continuing to operate on this schedule and feel that it is pointless since there is no tram.

I personally have witnessed the bus waiting at the last stop while passengers from the F train fill the station, even in cold and rainy weather. In a letter to the editor of The Wire, Roosevelt Island's news publication, reader Susan Cina expressed her frustrations about the bus route and schedule.
" I don't understand why, until the tram is back, the buses can't just run on a continuous route, especially since, according to a bus driver, there is one less bus being utilized for the on island route!"

She also states that there is no indication on the bus route map that the bus would not be proceeding to the subway after the last stop.

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