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MAYO CLINIC RADIO

March 13, 2015

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I would be nice if someone at the bus company would monitor on time performance. There are drivers who are routinely late. Schedules are such that many times we are unable to ride the bus because of habitually late drivers.

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Appreciate the suggestion to move to the back, I don't understand why some people get on first and stand at the front, making every other passenger weave through them to get to the rest of the bus.

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Thanks for the tips and reminders. For those of us that ride from home, I've noticed that the neighborhood buses aren't quite as full as the park-n-rides, but still the reminders apply. We certainly appreciate the drivers efforts. I would much rather have them drive in bad winter weather than have me drive in bad winter weather!

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I would like to add the wearing of perfume/cologne. I have had to change my schedule due to riders that habitually wear an over abundance of perfume/cologne. Personally it takes me about an hour after I get to work for my eyes to quit watering and be able to breath normally when I have been near one of these riders.

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@erikscott

Appreciate the suggestion to move to the back, I don't understand why some people get on first and stand at the front, making every other passenger weave through them to get to the rest of the bus.

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I don't know about your route, however on the route I routinely ride, there are definitely several people very guilty of standing right near the driver, mainly to talk. I don't mind the talking, but move out of the way! Unfortunately on the bus I ride, every single person who does this habitually is not a Mayo employee, so they will not see this reminder and the bus company doesn't seem willing to politely remind riders to please sit or move away from the door when in motion/picking up/dropping off passengers.

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Isn't it against the law to stand in the aisle going 65 miles down the highway from Rochester to Chatfield and visa versa? If the driver had to stop fast the people in the aisle will go down like dominos and hopefully not out the front wind shield. This has happened already twice this winter that there are people standing in the aisle on the bus I ride. We pay good money to ride, not stand.

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@cathyflak

Isn't it against the law to stand in the aisle going 65 miles down the highway from Rochester to Chatfield and visa versa? If the driver had to stop fast the people in the aisle will go down like dominos and hopefully not out the front wind shield. This has happened already twice this winter that there are people standing in the aisle on the bus I ride. We pay good money to ride, not stand.

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Regardless of the law, 15 people standing on a bus is too many. As Cathy stated, it's a long drive from Rochester to Chatfield to be standing for that long.

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I think these should be handed out whenever anyone gets a bus pass! There are so many who ride who have entitlement issues and feel that their purse needs it's own seat. They "pretend" to sleep during each commuter stop and then are on their phone in between stops. So frustrating! If this is handed out when bus passes are given/purchased, then no one can say they didn't know.

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Have your bus pass/fare in your hand when you step on the bus rather than digging for it while people wait to get on. The less a driver has to wait for us to get situated the better their on time performance will be.

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I had no idea there was so much misconduct on buses. I take a shuttle in every day and I am very appreciative of the service. As I cannot pick and choose who rides the shuttle with me every day, I am fully aware that I must tolerate others on their cell phones or wearing a perfume or cologne that may be stronger than what I would wear, but it is a service I choose to use. I think the comments that others have provided, like Robert, regarding having your pass ready when boarding is an excellent addition to the comment section. Some of the others seem a bit nitpicky to me.

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These are great tips that serve as valuable reminders. I wish they had been offered back when I drove the city, shuttle and commuter busses. Given the tight schedules and the increasing number of uncourteous drivers on the roadways, I'm impressed that the bus drivers are able to safely make any deadline at all. They drive in an unaccommodating environment that is not fully appreciated by the average passenger vehicle driver. I also think there has been a recent trend toward a "me" mentality, giving less consideration to others in general.

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@bruce52

I would be nice if someone at the bus company would monitor on time performance. There are drivers who are routinely late. Schedules are such that many times we are unable to ride the bus because of habitually late drivers.

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We have the opposite problem. Drivers that depart early. I don't know if it is because they are sensitive to not being late. Just yesterday, 3 of us missed a shuttle that left early by at least 4 minutes.

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@bruce52

I would be nice if someone at the bus company would monitor on time performance. There are drivers who are routinely late. Schedules are such that many times we are unable to ride the bus because of habitually late drivers.

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All the bus companies that Mayo Clinic utilizes for employee transportation try very hard to meet the schedules set for arrivals and departures times. The companies use various programs to monitor their performance. However there are times when human error or in most case situations that occur outside the companies ability to meet those schedules. Examples are weather or accidents and even funeral processions that cross major road ways. If you have a specific day or time please contact the parking unit with the date and time so we can follow up with the appropriate transportation company to prevent future delays. Daniel Pulford General Service Supervisor of Transportation

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@cathyflak

Isn't it against the law to stand in the aisle going 65 miles down the highway from Rochester to Chatfield and visa versa? If the driver had to stop fast the people in the aisle will go down like dominos and hopefully not out the front wind shield. This has happened already twice this winter that there are people standing in the aisle on the bus I ride. We pay good money to ride, not stand.

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The commuter bus company has several AM and PM departure times. Mayo Clinic employees schedule vary so there is no real way to determine how many riders will be on each bus. As for standing in the aisle that is not against the law and is legal under the Department of Transportation regulations for transportation on bus, trains and shuttles. However there is a line that no person is to stand in front of and that line should be enforced. The line is located just behind the driver area. Daniel Pulford General Service Supervisor of Transportation

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