To the woman hoarding two seats on the bus:“Can I sit here?” “No you fucking bitch!” Sigh. #OCTranspo moment… (So yeah, I’m standing)
— Juliette Giannesini (@Xiaozhuli) November 16, 2013
Like this recent Tweet shows, I have a love/hate relationship with OC Transpo, Ottawa’s bus system. On one hand, I am happy that we even have a public transit system—it’s not always a given in North America, where most household own a car or two. Besides, OC Transpo is fairly reliable and fast along the Transitway, its exclusive corridor. On the other hand, I do find tickets are very expensive, service is poor in some parts of the city and on some lines, the passengers are… ahem, interesting to say the least.
And then there is the frustration of standing at the bus stop, an eye on the road and the other one on your watch, waiting for your ride to show up. Buses are regularly late or cancelled and it can make a simple trip pretty stressful. Hell, I have walked over 5 kilometres to my destination rather than standing in the cold waiting for #14 or #176.
Observing people at the bus stop is interesting. Some folks fidget or light up a smoke, hoping for their bus to show up. Others simply accept their fate and focus on productivity or turn to entertainment, pulling out their smartphone out of their bag or pocket. French would probably complain and rant together about the bus service, the city or politics but most of the time, Canadians keep to themselves. It is an individualistic society, I guess.
Meanwhile… I take pictures! Here are a few snapshots “At the Bus Stop”, taken this month in Ottawa.
You can see the complete Ottawa – Fall set of pictures on Flickr.