I think I have finally figured out the “Rapibus.” (That’s Gatineau’s new public transit system. In English we call it Crapibus. In French they call it Lentibus. It is universally reviled.)
The schedule has been confusing me. My bus is supposed to come at 7:38. I generally think if a bus is less than 5 minutes late, it’s on time, so I give it until 7:43 before I get mad.
But I’ve taken the Rapibus I think 9 times now and it’s come after 7:43 at least 3 times, plus one weird anomaly where it appeared to be 2 minutes early. I will get to that later.
Anyway, that’s 4/9 trips where it’s not anywhere near to being on schedule.
I should mention I get on at the first stop on the route.
This morning it was 6 minutes late.
It is supposed to arrive at the de la Gappe station at 8:09. You would think, if it’s 6 minutes late to its first stop, it might be 6 minutes late to all its stops. But no, it got to de la Gappe at 8:02.
And then we sat there for 7 minutes while the driver waited for the schedule to catch up to the bus.
So. 6 minutes late, 7 minutes early. That adds up to 13 minutes of time unaccounted for in STO’s official schedule.
I called STO to ask what the deal is. Why is this schedule so weird?
It seems they have intentionally padded the schedule in case there’s traffic on the highway.
This explains why one day last week, I caught a bus at 7:36 — two minutes before my bus is scheduled to arrive — and got to work about 12 minutes earlier than I usually do.
That bus did not wait at de la Gappe. Why? Because it was the 7:23 bus, running 13 minutes late. And because they’ve padded the schedule by 13 minutes, it was on time anyway.
The STO operator I talked to today told me my complaint about the schedule was “unfounded” because I got to work on time.
Well, yes. I got to work on time because I left home 15 minutes earlier than I used to before the advent of Rapibus.
Oh well, I was told, it’s not just you: everyone had to adjust their schedule with the Rapibus.
(Well, first of all, yes, I am aware that everyone has been inconvenienced by this, not just me. Is that really an argument in its favour, though? Everyone has to deal with this crap, so we might as well all just shut up and take it? But I digress.)
Yes, I said.That’s sort of my point. I have had to adjust my schedule and leave 15 minutes earlier so that I can spend an extra 13 minutes waiting and still get to work at the same time. It’s stupid. It makes no sense.
Alright, she said. I will record that complaint. And as for why the driver was 6 minutes late — traffic. Always traffic.
So apparently they can build a schedule around potential traffic on the highway, but the driver can’t figure out how to leave himself enough time to get from the station to his first stop on time.
Maybe Rapibus wouldn’t be so bad if the schedule weren’t so asinine.
Maybe it is a good idea to leave a few extra minutes in case of traffic on the highway, although so far in just over two weeks this has never been necessary.
But maybe, just maybe, if you’re leaving so much extra time that it’s almost like catching a later bus, that might be a little excessive.
And maybe drivers, feeling ridiculous if they have to sit at de la Gappe station for over 10 minutes while they wait for their scheduled departure time, will take the padded schedule as a license to start out late.
And maybe that will leave a lot of people like me standing out in the cold for a long time this winter.
Also just maybe if you’re calling your system “Rapibus” that might suggest it’s supposed to be fast, so it’s possible you might not want to add 13 minutes to your route schedule for no reason.
"Whether you know it or not or wheter you admit it or not, you’re kinda in one yourself - the rivalry between Marvel and DC. Do you hear about that, is that something you are aware of, or do you care about that sort of rivalry?"
Daaaamn, Hemsworth is laying it down.
Superman began as a socialist, but Batman was the ultimate capitalist hero, which may help to explain his current popularity and Superman’s relative loss of significance. Batman was a wish-fulfillment figure as both filthy-rich Bruce Wayne and his swashbuckling alter ego. He was a millionaire who vented his childlike fury on the criminal classes of the lower orders. He was the defender of privilege and hierarchy. In a world where wealth and celebrity are the measures of accomplishment, it’s no surprise that the most popular superhero characters today—Batman and Iron Man—are both handsome tycoons.
Grant Morrison, Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human (via cocknbull)
But it should be the other way around. Superman is the defender of the little guy. With all the current talk about income inequality and minimum wage, Superman is the most appropriate superhero mascot for something like the Occupy movement. Too bad the people who made Man of Steel did not get this.
Sidenote: Reading old Superman comics and seeing what an actual socialist he was is pretty amazing.