I went to see a matinee of Meet The Browns this afternoon (pretty good movie). Coming home meant taking Hampton Roads Transit's (HRT) Inbound Route 20 out of Pembroke East at 3:15 P.M. It was a classic case of the bus subculture and bus riders getting it right - even where the driver was quite wrong.
Preparing to leave Pembroke East, a wheelchair came up alongside the bus. The driver claimed the bus was full and that the 10-16 would have to wait for the next bus. Realizing what was going on, passengers on the right side vacated their seats so they could be put up for the wheelchair. Since the bus was full, that meant standing in the aisle. The driver relented and boarded the wheelchair.
When we made the turn onto Virginia Beach Boulevard, the wheelchair moved. Passengers realized the driver hadn't properly strapped the wheelchair in. She told the 10-16 to put the brakes on his chair on. The passengers insisted that the driver come back and strap it the right way. The driver was forced to at the next stop.
For the hattrick, I got to play my part. It turned out the address the gentleman was trying to find was in my apartment block. I escorted him back from the bus stop.
With Norfolk trying to flush bus riders out of downtown, we have stories like the above to dispel the stereotypes about bus riders.
Okay, Michael, tell us what the driver did that was so wrong....