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Posted: 2/23/2016 11:53:31 AM EDT
Holy Crap!

On the way to work this morning and come upon a bus that was already stopped. No kids in sight, so I figure the crumb snatcher is already on the bus and on his way to a seat.

No big deal. I'm in no hurry.

And we wait. And wait. I glanced at the clock after what I figure is about 30-45 seconds.

FOUR MINUTES LATER, two kids come sauntering out of the apartment building carrying backpacks as big as them. I mean sidling. Shuffling. Mall walking.

So, all said and done that was at least a 5 minute bus stop for two kids. Road is a state route, in city limits. Cars were backed up for a mile.

Like I said, I don't have a place to be but some folks do. I think that was ridiculous.


What's a reasonable time for a school bus stop?
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 11:55:29 AM EDT
I've seen some drivers close the door and deactivate the stop sign when waiting for longer periods.  They then waive the traffic on to pass.

When the kids start to approach, the lights start flashing again.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 11:55:54 AM EDT
1-2 mins tops.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 11:55:59 AM EDT
Raising a nation of softies.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 11:57:03 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/23/2016 11:58:53 AM EDT by Codyboy]
That's too long.

Most of the time around here if the kids are not there the driver will just turn on regular hazard lights and not the red flashers for loading .

As long as the orange ones are only on you can go around the bus.

Eta
Sounds like that driver is a douche. If it happens repeatedly I would call the transportation depth at the school and complain .
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 11:57:04 AM EDT
I don't think that question has a definitive answer.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 11:57:36 AM EDT
I  also love it when the parents who have to stand with their kids at the bus stop spend a few minutes chatting with the driver while the lights flash and cars pile up waiting.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 11:58:23 AM EDT
That's too long.

If my daughter's bus driver doesn't see us waiting at the end of the driveway he doesn't even come to a complete stop.  Will slow roll and make sure she isn't running down the driveway but keep on moving.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 11:59:21 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/23/2016 12:00:57 PM EDT by superspud]
happens to me at least once a week on the way to work, usually at the same house... very frustrating.


"back in my day" my brother and I would wait out by the road rain or shine for the bus or it would just drive on by and my parents would chew us out to no end.



the world we live in.....





Its worth mentioning that I drive by (2) schools on my commute to and from work and the line of parents dropping their kids off is miles upon miles long.  Mind you, this is a small 4A school, not some sort of huge inner city school.  Apparently kids just don't ride the bus that much anymore.  Ridiculous, b/c it causes SOOOOOO much more traffic on my commute..... unacceptable......
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 11:59:25 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/23/2016 12:00:01 PM EDT by Badlatitude]
Hell if we weren't at the stop or running our little asses off in sight of the stop. That bus was GONE and we were lucky to get a ride or we were walking to school
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 11:59:58 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By rogueboss:
That's too long.

If my daughter's bus driver doesn't see us waiting at the end of the driveway he doesn't even come to a complete stop.  Will slow roll and make sure she isn't running down the driveway but keep on moving.
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That's how it was when I was growing up.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:00:19 PM EDT
They should be outside waiting already but that was back in my day. These days however...
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:00:49 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By BoxofRox:
1-2 mins tops.
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When I was a kid and rode the bus (late 80's early 90's) if you weren't in eyesight of the driver, they closed the doors and left...no time restriction.  If you were in the eyesight of the driver and you weren't making an effort, they closed the door and started driving off.  Generally that made the kids run so the driver would then stop (again) and open the doors to let them in.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:01:34 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/23/2016 12:02:41 PM EDT by crashburnrepeat]
when I was a kid and rode the bus,  if you weren't visible they wouldn't even slow down.  If you weren't on the bus in 30 seconds,  you were getting a ride from mom.  No joke.


I saw him leave a kid 15 miles from town cause he was petting his dog.  Door opened, kid is in the yard petting the dog,  driver honks,  kid starts walking to the bus, dog follows,  kid bends over to pet the dog some more,  driver drops the clutch, off we go!  kid started running and yelling but ol jim kept on trucking.


This is the same bus driver who bungied a huge boom box to the engine hump and would blast AC/DC the whole ride. Nothing like getting on a bus in 7th grade and hearing "Who's got big balls?! I've got big balls!" come rolling out of the door.


so, 4 minutes? No. F'ing Way.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:02:17 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Market_Garden:
I  also love it when the parents who have to stand with their kids at the bus stop spend a few minutes chatting with the driver while the lights flash and cars pile up waiting.
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Agreed.

I'm sorry you have no life, Sweetheart, but you bullshitting with the driver is making people late for work.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:02:19 PM EDT
Poll's up.

I think they need something like this principle. Hook on the side of the bus and kids wear a harness.

Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:02:48 PM EDT
You better be outside waiting, or explain to Dad why you didn't make it to school that day.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:05:18 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By superspud:
happens to me at least once a week on the way to work, usually at the same house... very frustrating.


"back in my day" my brother and I would wait out by the road rain or shine for the bus or it would just drive on by and my parents would chew us out to no end.



the world we live in.....





Its worth mentioning that I drive by (2) schools on my commute to and from work and the line of parents dropping their kids off is miles upon miles long.  Mind you, this is a small 4A school, not some sort of huge inner city school.  Apparently kids just don't ride the bus that much anymore.  Ridiculous, b/c it causes SOOOOOO much more traffic on my commute..... unacceptable......
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We live less than a mile from school.  Kids not allowed to walk, much less ride bikes.  Bus picks kids up every day.  No idea why.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:05:23 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Fleshwound:
They should be outside waiting already but that was back in my day. These days however...
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This when i was a kid if we weren't at the curb the bus didn't even stop, and thats how it should be.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:05:55 PM EDT
This thread needs more creepy bus driver.

Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:06:28 PM EDT
Yep, when I was a kid, if you weren't at the bus stop when the bus came, forget it....

And this bullshit of the bus stopping at EVERY FUCKING house is crap too, in Buffalo, if I got stuck behind a bus in the neighborhood, forget it, they would literally stop in front of 5 houses on the same block, some right next to each other! Really, your kid can't walk next door?

Back in the day, for the whole block there was one stop....period, everyone on the block walked to it.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:07:00 PM EDT
I should have added questions/poll answers about your bus driver.

Sure, there are some kooky, weird ones.

For several years, we had a fucking HOT, 20 something driver. Gina (but we called her GG) had a propensity for wearing tight jeans and had a hellacious camel toe. She would regularly flirt with the boys and always stood up to see us off the bus, at school and would stand around outside the bus as we loaded on in the afternoon.

I fucking LOVED riding that bus.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:07:09 PM EDT
If there isn't a cop around, I'm going around that bus.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:07:50 PM EDT
They should be waiting outside unless it's raining or something.  Then they should wait 1 minute for kids to get in the bus.
For kids with special needs (handicap) they should wait longer...maybe 2 minutes.


Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:09:09 PM EDT
If you drive that way daily and want action. Call the school transportation dept have exact details address time and date ready if warranted they will speak to the driver.  Some routes have weather related pick ups so the kids don't have to wait in the cold, saves the system from building shelters.
Other wise just lay on the horn after 2 minutes
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:09:14 PM EDT
If you wasn't at the stop it didn't even slow down unless they saw you, there was 3 of us at the bus stop

and if it was raining the other parents would take their kids to school.



Not me both parents worked 3rd shift so my sisters would get me up in the morning, the bus would slow down

just in time to watch me sprint through the rain to get to the bus.



Middle School was 3 miles away so if I missed the bus I would be running.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:09:23 PM EDT
Whatever the bus driver decides.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:11:39 PM EDT
if you're more than a 30 second sprint away from the bus door.... buh bye
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:16:03 PM EDT
Back in the 90's, I used two watch two young brothers ride the bus to their house, which was 1/2 a block from the school door. They could have walked home four times while waiting for the bus to fill and depart. They were a strange family in all respects.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:16:11 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Ridgerunner9876:
I should have added questions/poll answers about your bus driver.

Sure, there are some kooky, weird ones.

For several years, we had a fucking HOT, 20 something driver. Gina (but we called her GG) had a propensity for wearing tight jeans and had a hellacious camel toe. She would regularly flirt with the boys and always stood up to see us off the bus, at school and would stand around outside the bus as we loaded on in the afternoon.

I fucking LOVED riding that bus.
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Do you realize you just derailed your own thread with tales of GG Cameltoe?

Not that that is a bad thing.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:16:22 PM EDT
If no one is waiting and the driver doesn't see this drive on.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:17:58 PM EDT
If you let your kids ride the bus and send them to public school, YOU are part of the problem.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:21:14 PM EDT
I never had one wait on me unless I was running down the driveway when it pulled up.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:23:47 PM EDT
The bus shouldn't even stop, just slow down a little.  We're raising a nation of sissies.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:24:00 PM EDT
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Do you realize you just derailed your own thread with tales of GG Cameltoe?

Not that that is a bad thing.
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Originally Posted By Cheesebeast:
Originally Posted By Ridgerunner9876:
I should have added questions/poll answers about your bus driver.

Sure, there are some kooky, weird ones.

For several years, we had a fucking HOT, 20 something driver. Gina (but we called her GG) had a propensity for wearing tight jeans and had a hellacious camel toe. She would regularly flirt with the boys and always stood up to see us off the bus, at school and would stand around outside the bus as we loaded on in the afternoon.

I fucking LOVED riding that bus.


Do you realize you just derailed your own thread with tales of GG Cameltoe?

Not that that is a bad thing.

Well, it just brought back memories.

Not making one bit of it up. Holy hell, she was hot and she knew it and she wielded it over teenaged boys like beaver musk in a conibear trap just for her amusement. Not that we were complaining.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:24:07 PM EDT
In this area we can request custom pick-up an delivery.  Some kids get let off at their parents job site after school.  Kinda nice if you need it.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:24:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/23/2016 12:29:29 PM EDT by buck19delta]
my bus gave you approx 15 seconds to exit your house max..( blow the horn 10-15 second wait then they were gone) ... then they left your ass behind.

wait 5 minutes?    they would not wait 5 minutes if they saw you running for the bus across a field being chased by a grizzly bear.


iv also mentioned before that in high school, we had STUDENT bus drivers. they let the seniors drive the school bus as a part time job. my driver would not stop the bus for the jehovia witness kid. he had to run and jump thru the doors as the bus slowed to maybe 10mph..... same in the afternoon... leap from the moving bus...
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:24:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/23/2016 12:28:25 PM EDT by palmetto]
I see this a lot and it amazes me.  I rode the bus as a kid, and I knew the crazy bastard driving it would leave me standing there if he had to wait at all.  No grace period for me to stroll out to the road.

Now they just shuffle out there like they haven't really made up their mid whether to go or not.  Certain demographics are among the worst offenders, and the driver seems not to care.  Then they haul ass between stops like it's a drag race.

ETA- Another thing is that the kids stand in groups fifty feet apart instead of gathering at a halfway point between two or three houses.  The bus makes twice as many stops.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:25:43 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By 98kGuy:
Yep, when I was a kid, if you weren't at the bus stop when the bus came, forget it....

And this bullshit of the bus stopping at EVERY FUCKING house is crap too, in Buffalo, if I got stuck behind a bus in the neighborhood, forget it, they would literally stop in front of 5 houses on the same block, some right next to each other! Really, your kid can't walk next door?

Back in the day, for the whole block there was one stop....period, everyone on the block walked to it.
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Still that way down here. One stop at the end of the street for everyone.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:26:17 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Max_Power:
The bus shouldn't even stop, just slow down a little.  We're raising a nation of sissies.
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In related news, it's snowing today.

I walked my kids to school like I do every day... half mile or so.

We were the only ones walking today, and the drop off area looked like the DC beltway.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:26:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/23/2016 12:28:25 PM EDT by callgood]
Road is a state route, in city limits. Cars were backed up for a mile.
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One of these days I may have a brodozer.

It will have something like this................



Road is a state route, in city limits. Cars were backed up for a mile.
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There should have been a mile long cacophony urging the little yoots along.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:28:45 PM EDT
I drive a main street to work through my town and they stop every 50 feet for a damn crotch fruit.  What happened to a fucking bus stop?

My Dad drove a school bus for 25 plus years and if you weren't at the stop or your house out by the road when he pulled up he opened the door and looked hard and if nobody was there he drove off.  

He was ALWAYS on time...your little Johnny better be too.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:29:04 PM EDT
I drove a bus in Montana.I would wait 1 to 2 minutes.MOST of the kids were good about being ready for the bus.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:29:17 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Stump70:
You better be outside waiting, or explain to Dad why you didn't make it to school that day.
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I'd bet a lot of these kids don't have a clue who Dad is, or if they do, they see him every other weekend and one night a week.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:29:42 PM EDT
IMHO they shouldn't stop if the kids aren't out waiting on it.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:29:46 PM EDT
When I had to drive to my old job, there was a bus stop that was on the way. I think it was a special needs child. Yes, it was a short bus. This is on a township road.

I would try to time my commute based on when the bus was likely to be there. Basically, the bus would stop. Sometimes the mom would be there in the car. Sometimes she had to drive down and meet the bus. Regardless, the child would be escorted onto the bus by the mom, and they would be on there for almost 5 minutes with the blinkers on while (I imagine) she was getting the child situated, secured, etc.

I'm compassionate and all, but obviously there were special circumstances in this case. The people had a 150 yard driveway with a decent sized parking area. The proper thing to do, IMO, would for the bus to drive up their driveway and OFF THE ROAD, so they could park and take their time loading up the child without obstructing traffic. It would be safer for all involved.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:29:55 PM EDT
Fall of Saigon fast.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:30:49 PM EDT
Around here, if the driver can't see the kids by the time they turn on the yellow flashers, they won't even stop or switch to the red lights and stop arm.

4-5 minutes, for 2 kids? Looks like mom is driving them to school today.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:31:28 PM EDT
They must always be late. My school bus would just keep driving if we werent there. They would probably assume we were not going to school that day.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:31:31 PM EDT
"Back in my day" if we weren't at the stop, the driver would come to a stop, look for kids, then drive on.  None of this waiting around crap.  If other kids were loading, as soon as they were seated the driver would go.  Had to bike to school a couple of times because of this.  I stopped missing the bus.
Link Posted: 2/23/2016 12:33:00 PM EDT
Depending on weather, be at the stop ready to get on or our driver didn't stop at all. Bad Weather he'd wait like 10 seconds for you to get out the door and wait till you got to the bus.



Then again I was on the bus like 30 mins before the last pick up and those 2 boys would come running outta the house putting on clothes and shit......then bitch about having to get up early to catch the bus. No one liked them. Last on/1st off and complained the whole time.
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