I've seen bus drivers send in Status 6's when they're too full to accept more passengers. What other statuses are there?
The status updates are canned messages we send via our CB-style handsets.
Status 2 - 10-15 minutes late
Status 3 - 15+ minutes late
Status 6 - overloaded, unable to pick up passengers
We also have other codes for minor and major defects on the bus, transecure issues, service issues like blocked roads or bad traffic, and a "Red Line" code for a major threat where we cannot speak on the radio. This is consistent with most bus companies.
Why do four 95's show up at the same time while I'm waiting for an 87?
The 95 is such a frequent run. Some time periods see 95's leaving the start point at intervals of 4 minutes! What can happen is that one 95 gets bogged down, it could be traffic, or passenger volume... and all it takes is 4 minutes of delay to get two 95's running back-to-back. Now what happens is that the lead bus gets overloaded with two trips-worth of passengers, he cannot just bypass because his passengers need to get off the bus. The second bus is not allowed to run early, and it gets bogged down even more as the overloaded bus holds up the second bus. For some reason unknown to man, people want to get on that first bus at all costs rather than walk back to the emptier bus. Then guess who shows up? Bus #3! Now we're downtown, and the buses are stuck in line. It's a viscous cycle!
Why do some buses have A1 ME on the rear sign?
Purely a technical glitch with the signs and the computers that run them. Contrary to popular belief, the driver has very little control over the signs. The Clever Devices systems take full control over the destination signs. I never really noticed that until you pointed it out, Carl.