Lots of insider tech-talk on this one, but isn't that kind of fun? Read on to get the scoop on how working the streets looks from the driver's seat!
The shakeup has just begun. You’re new to Third Ave Operations, and you’re feeling overwhelmed. This post is for you. OR, you’ve been around the block, and you think you know what you’re doing. This post is also for you. Why?
Because like motorcyclists, bus accidents happen most often not with newbies or veterans, but with folks who are neither, who are in between, who’ve been operating about 5-10 years. That’s right. Drivers who think they know what they’re doing, but don’t realize they haven’t quite caught up to their confidence level. Humble yourself, my friend, and remind yourself of the following. Give your brain a refresher. Pass it on to your newer colleagues without looking down on them. They need our help, not our attitude. It’s an overwhelming job. Remember when you were new?
A few reminders about operating downtown:
Third Avenue is the street which has the most bus traffic per hour, per day, in the world. It requires focus and skill to make this work, and you have focus and skill. Take pride in what you do. Do the Weave. What is the Weave? It’s explained fully in the Book (now called the Manual, under "Third Ave Operations"), but for now, you can condense it all into three easy tips:
Speaking of trolleys:
Hello, operators new to trolley! A few reminders:
Generally (diesels and trolleys):
Further reading, including passenger stuff:
-What I've Learned From Other Bus Drivers (half of everything I know comes from my awesome colleagues. Tone of hot tips here)
-A Love Letter for My Colleagues: Exercises and Stretches for Operators (half the battle of a happy mental state is taking care of your body. Those lil' aches and pains you're having may be impacting your view of the job more than you think!)
-For New Bus Drivers: Thoughts, Tips, and Stories
-Skip-stopping and Newbies (explanation of the Weave vs skip-stopping outside the CBD)
-How to Drive the 7: The Complete Care Package (everything from stop-by-stop directions to tips on fights and sleepers!)
-I Don't Know What a Trolley is, Part I
-I Don't Know What a Trolley is, Part II