Volume 96, Issue 81
Wednesday, March 5, 2003

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Bus etiquette still a delicate subject

To the Editor:

You know, I am the first to admit that the walk up University Hill at 8 a.m. on a Monday morning, in the middle of a blizzard, is not good times. I am also the first to admit that I would take the bus if I lived in one of the University Drive residences where Essex Hall, Alumni Hall and others are located. If you ask me, that's a cold walk.

However, I simply cannot abide by what I have witnessed on the other side of campus as of late. Every morning I dutifully get up to go to class and, in the process, I end up riding the 10 Wonderland, which travels down Wharncliffe Road before it turns into Western Road and deposits its load of students in front of Alumni Hall.

This bus is so packed that you are literally sitting on the lap of your neighbour, which is not necessarily a bad thing. However, the wisdom of London Transit has now placed three buses on the route in the morning, which means you are now only sitting on the lap of only one person instead of three people.

So, these three buses make their way to campus every day and one of the last stops before arriving on campus is right in front of Thompson Arena. Last week, when my bus stopped, nine people got on. These nine people were on the bus were all Essex Hall residents and half of them went as far as Alumni Hall.

Now I didn't black out – I was awake the whole one minute it took to get from Thompson Arena and Alumni Hall. Could someone please explain to me why it was necessary for you to get on at Thompson and off at Alumni? The "Wee all paid the same for our bus passes" doesn't work here my friends. This is literally a five minute walk.

Stop causing the bus to be crammed even more because you are too lazy to walk down the street. At least the people who live on University Drive have a big hill in the way. You guys have a sidewalk that is straight and narrow. Use it!

Tim Lade
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