Friday, February 17, 2012

Beijing Bus Jam

Saw this article on Ministry of Tofu:
At about 5:30 p.m. on February , a No. 815 public bus arriving at a stop near Beijing’s Guomao area was packed like a sardine can. Seeing that the front and the rear bus doors were blocked by passengers, those eager to get a ride home jostled with one another to climb into the bus through the windows. Fifteen minutes later, the overloaded public bus finally set off. According to the traffic police there trying to maintain the order, this area is always congested to the extent that “even a drop of water can’t trickle through” during the evening rush hours. February 13 was a Monday, which made the matter even worse.

The photos show people climbing over each other to try and get into the bus through the windows. I've been on buses in China a few times are there is no concept of lining up. Whenever a bus/subway/taxi shows up, people would shove each other out of the way to claim a spot. In the article, it says that it took 15 minutes to load the bus. If everyone lined up, it wouldn't take more than 3 minutes to fully load a bus. Much like the traffic congestion on Chinese roads... if people were more polite and courteous, traffic would flow better and everyone would get to their destination faster.

Wishful thinking I know.

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