I have nothing against the homeless taking
shelter in the bus kiosks from the elements, but the criminal element
are a whole ‘nother thing.
 
Saturday, I had to take a package to a UPS drop-off.Waited at the bus kiosk at Woodward and Euclid about 20 minutes.
For the most part, I avoid going inside to avoid a contact high. What
was more scary though was a young man with a baseball bat across his
handlebars who rode his bike into the shelter???

The
other would-be riders were as confused and uneasy as I when the guy
tossed his bat onto the bench, left his bike in the shelter and went
into the gas station. We all put some distance between ourselves and the
shelter–the young man came back for his bike, but left his bat.

This
is the type of incident that makes me apprehensive about the long waits
between buses. Speaking of which, the scheduled Jefferson bus was MIA
for departure from Rosa Parks Terminal, where there were still no
schedules, and a line for the electronic scheduler-and Duh the
electronic departure updates by route number are NOT that helpful if you
can’t check the route number–maybe they should name the route.

Coming back from Staples on Jefferson, I waited 45 minutes for the
Jefferson bus, and finally walked over to Lafayette where I only had to
wait 15 minutes to take the Chene bus downtown. I guess a lot of buses
had been re-routed as “Special” buses to serve the Grand Prix. Typically
more attention being given to these visitors than to the folks who
support DDOT on a daily basis. This has to be one of the great examples
of poor planning and lost revenue. There was a baseball game, the Grand
Prix, and the Pride Festival, all causing dreadful traffic snarls–this
was a great opportunity to promote DDOT service if any claim that it was
safe and reliable could be made.

Who wouldn’t want to avoid a DUI, a traffic nightmare, and exorbitant parking fees?

If our service is as improved as DDOT’s new CEO claims, you would think he would welcome the opportunity to show it off  LOL

-Syri S.
Syri is a retired senior and North End resident who, with her disabled son, Chioko, rides the DDOT buses almost daily