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Massachusetts Liberal

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Friday, September 07, 2007

Bus (ted)

"This bus doesn't have air conditioning. It's not the driver's fault."

That's true. Unless you blame him for the uncommonly bad decision to work for the MBTA.

Well, the T may have been fouled up by a power failure (and I can only say I know the Green Line was fouled up by overhearing a cell phone conversation) -- but the non-electric buses rose to the occasion.

NOT.

I plead guilty to a foolish mistake of not sardining into a 57 bus that was ready to leave Kenmore Square around 5:25. Little did I expect there not be another one for 20 minutes. Not counting the one that left "Not in Service" five minutes before the one I shoehorned on.

The driver did his best without AC (though I always thought there whole idea of the "limited" nature of the 57 meant no passengers discharged before Brighton Avenue.)

The problem was not the lack of AC but the lack of buses. At least three or four other buses headed out "Not in Service" up Brookline Avenue during the wait and at one point there were no buses at all in Kenmore Square.

But my problem seemed to pale in comparison to what Mrs. OL found in dealing with the 66 bus. She learned that her 30-minute wait was exactly half as long as that of another frustrated passenger farther up the line.

How exactly are buses, which run on gasoline, diesel or compressed natural gas, affected by an electric power failure? And why is "Not in Service" the most popular destination for buses?

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