Yesterday, I saw bunches of miserable and dripping-wet kids, standing in the rain, waiting over 25 minutes for an eastbound Addison bus to take them to high school. When the bus came, it was too full to board. There were over two dozen teenagers just at the Blue Line stop, peering hopefully down the street. Lane Tech and Gordon Tech high schools reported numerous tardies. Lane has seen a lot of tardies all week. The story is here. The CTA explained that there was a disabled bus at Harlem. The CTA also noted that the first week of school is a time of adjustment for everyone.
I had a couple of questions about this, beyond what was in the story. One was -- don't any of these kids have umbrellas, or is that not cool enough for high school? The second question is , "What if before they had left the house they had gotten on the computer and used the CTA's highly touted "Bus Tracker" program? Would that have saved them some waiting time?" I suspect its usefulness in this instance would be limited -- Bus Tracker tells when the next bus is coming, approximately, but not how full the bus is.
Readers -- has anyone out there used Bus Tracker, and does it help you wait inside where it's dry?