43 Bus Favors and Dangers
Picked up the 43 Masonic at Upper Haight tonight (Sat) and rode it almost all the way to northern end of North Beach – a mile or so farther than it usually goes because the driver was returning it to the terminal, which is close to my apt. Score since I had planned on transferring to the 30 – probably involving a wait, at midnight, with bridge and tunnel partiers drunkenly pissing about in the Marina.
Before we got started chatting, he stopped at the Letterman campus. A lady there, started yelling at him , why did the outbound 43 not pick her up? She asked. Because you’re not standing at the right stop, he replied. Go across the street. She still didnt’ get it and continued to yell. He left, then turned to me to explain. Then, we started chatting and figured out that I was near his route’s end. Dangers, after the jump.
I was asking him about whether he got to choose to drive a motored coach versus an electric. He said he did, and he invariably would choose the motors. Some regulars got off, and there were “Merry Christmas” “Happy Holidays” all around. He continued that what he didn’t like about the electrics is that sometimes the wires were old, and when the arms got disconnected, you had to swing them up, and sometimes that broke the wire, and it would come down and shock you (the driver). Other stuff- it was hard to navigate around stalled cars in front of you- fire engines, etc. I usually avoid the motors since I’m so green (yeah right) except this route is fun because it swings through the Presidio- a cheap thrill, like the Staten Island Ferry or the J-Church through Dolores Park. I can’t imagine a job where you regularly run the risk of getting shocked.