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Old 09-16-05, 10:11 AM   #1
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Bus Drivers

They aren't all I thought I'd let TriMet know about some of the good ones.

I sent this comment through our public transit's web site this morning:

I just want to compliment one of your drivers.

This morning, I was riding my bicycle on SW Barbur Blvd. toward downtown Portland. I was travelling quickly and I approached SW Hamilton and noticed a 56 bus nearing the intersection. Since I was going so fast and didn't recall seeing the bus pass me, I had no expectation that the bus driver knew I was approaching in the bike lane.

So, rather than risk being squeezed between the bus and the curb, I braked and held back behind the rear of the bus. Evidently, even though I came up quickly behind the bus, the driver must have seen me because the bus then came to a complete stop before the intersection, allowing me to pass by in the bike lane. Obviously, this driver is very aware and quite courteous.

I didn't catch the ID number, but the 56 bus was headed downtown and it was exactly 8:00 a.m. as I passed SW Hamilton @ Barbur. Tell the driver thanks, I appreciated the courtesy.
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Old 09-16-05, 11:22 AM   #2
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Good for you. We all tend to send complaints, but too few compliments. If your transit system is like ours, they can probably track down the driver from route #, time, and place.

I have sent a few compliments as well, including one for the bus driver who put up with my questions as I tried to identify the exact size and position of the bus' blind spot, and how far ahead of the bus I should be to make sure he can see me heading for the bike rack.
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