Oh, we're still having fun with the change in buses for downtown Norfolk. Today's movie was EXPELLED: No Intelligence Allowed (great film!). Some notes from the trip in and out:
The Route 20 taking me to Norfolk was running 10 minutes late. However, it had posted Alerts on both the change to Cedar Grove and Route 310 (free Downtown Shuttle). It was the only one of the seven buses I was on during the day with them.
Coming around, the 2, 6, 9, and 18 were all holding on Salter Street. The 18 was interesting in that the route was recently shortened, as it was running habitually late. With the change to Cedar Grove and it being late morning, it actually had time to kill.
There was repair work being done on the parking lot at Cedar Grove. The TC had been pushed out from the edge, with a new repaved path for the buses. With it being nice weather, most people were sitting out on the jersey barriers rather than in the shelters.
I took the 310 into downtown about 10:45 A.M. There were 15 passengers on board.
Leaving downtown around 3:45 P.M., 14 passengers were on the 310. When we got to two ladies at the Radisson stop on Monticello, they asked "Where's the 20?" Uh...it hasn't come downtown in 3 1/2 weeks. They joined us for the hop to the Transfer Center.
The 3 was on Salter Street this time.
There were three buses parked ahead of us. As I craned to identify the first one, someone realized what I was doing and told me "23". I replied "That's what I need" and got in line to board.
This time of day, there were 60-70 people waiting for buses.
The 23 was about 70% full and being operated with an [yep] Orion. What our troll's problem probably is: I was the only White on board.
The 9 was again being operated with a 2000 series Gillig low floor.
1. Don't put away the Alerts yet: we still have an information problem.
2. With the parking lot being taken care of, can we do portajohns next?