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At The Bus Stop

 

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.

On Merivale Road

On Merivale Road

On Holland Street

On Hol­land Street

Chinatown

Chi­na­town

Chinatown

Chi­na­town

Chinatown

Chi­na­town

Bank Street

Bank Street

Rideau Street

Rideau Street

Rideau Street

Rideau Street

MacKenzie King Bridge

MacKen­zie King Bridge

MacKenzie King Bridge

MacKen­zie King Bridge

MacKenzie King Bridge

MacKen­zie King Bridge

A OC Transpo Bus

A OC Transpo Bus

8 comments

  1. It is the worst wait­ing for the bus at this time of year! The absolute worst, when the cold bites right into you and it takes hours to warm up again. I knit at the bus stop (pre­dictably) and look at the bench remem­ber­ing a time when I would sun bathe wait­ing for the bus, and try­ing hard to imag­ine that this bench cov­ered in snow could be the same one!!

  2. I truly hate tak­ing the bus, it’s prob­a­bly the least reli­able form of pub­lic tran­sit. In Mon­tréal I moved right by the métro so I would not have to take the bus ever again!

  3. Do you know what that yel­low thing is on the pole in Chinatown?

  4. Read­ing this made me nos­tal­gic (sar­cas­tic sigh). Bal­ti­more buses were always crowded though tick­ets were decent prices. Plus, buses were some­what dirty so you always had to dou­ble check where you were sit­ting. And also ques­tion­able bus rid­ers. It looks like Ottawa buses are pretty clean :)

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