So the buses in downtown Portland returned to 5th and 6th avenues today, they’ve been running on 3rd and 4th for quite some time. You would think the majority of the commotion would come from perplexed, confused commuters who failed to realize the bus stops changed. This, however, was not the case, or at least not what I noticed. I’m not sure how long the training had been going on but you would think with months of notice, and formal training, the drivers would know which stops were theirs. Not to mention the stops are all clearly marked with identifying, large printed, capital letters (i.e. A, B, C) that correlate to every bus number. Also accompanying every ‘new’ stop were various Trimet employees who were attempting to diffuse the confusion – not quite the way it worked out. So, needless to mention my bus ride home had a jerky, circus like feel to it this afternoon.
Also, I didn’t see many ‘shelters’ at the new stops. Most of the bus stops I passed today have this artisitc pole and extended beam like structure. While it does add a modern aestheticism to the otherwise bland expanses of concrete, I hardly think they will suffice in keeping people out of the rain while they await their bus. Maybe it’s a work in progress and we’ll see actual coverings arise before the prominent Portland rain makes an entrance.