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a bus driver in Fribourg...

Today we met a guy living in Fribourg in the train. We talked, and for some reason we said I will call him and we will meet again in Fribourg. But then the problem is that, I lost his contact info... The only information I know is that, he has been a bus driver in Fribourg for 37 years.

Is there a way to find out more information? Apparently, the only way, if I really have to find this guy, is to try my luck: go to Fribourg and randomly take as many buses as possible. Is there a bus terminal in Fribourg where many bus lines join?
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Re: a bus driver in Fribourg...

Did you get his name? If so, phone the TPF and ask.
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Did you get his name? If so, phone the TPF and ask.
No name... I think I cannot phone TPF and just ask for a guy who has been working as a bus driver for xx years...
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Re: a bus driver in Fribourg...

The station is a good place to start - many originate from a bus stand, underground at the back - but tend to head out of town.
The city buses stop at the front, street level, and can run every 10 mins. on the same run/line ..... therefore many different drivers.

I believe the depot where the buses are kept overnight and where the drivers start their day is top end of Villars-sur-Glane, and is by the motorway, near Cartier.

Do have any other details about whom seeking, other than occupation?

EDIT: bus depot is here and is probably Fribourg/Givisiez and not VsG:
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The station is a good place to start - many originate from a bus stand, underground at the back - but tend to head out of town.
The city buses stop at the front, street level, and can run every 10 mins. on the same run/line ..... therefore many different drivers.

I believe the depot where the buses are kept overnight and where the drivers start their day is top end of Villars-sur-Glane, and is by the motorway, near Cartier.

Do have any other details about whom seeking, other than occupation?

EDIT: bus depot is here and is probably Fribourg/Givisiez and not VsG:
Thanks a lot! I think I might not bother to go to the depot to find him. My working place is near Fribourg so I might go to the cff station to try my luck at the bus stop there...
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No name... I think I cannot phone TPF and just ask for a guy who has been working as a bus driver for xx years...
Well, you lose nothing for trying, I think this is the easiest way to find him, specially if you go in person to the above mentioned depot.
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No name... I think I cannot phone TPF and just ask for a guy who has been working as a bus driver for xx years...
Sure you can. But they will not give any information. Just tell them the story and ask if they can contact the bus drivers. Leave your contact information there so they (or the driver) can get back to you.
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Well, you lose nothing for trying, I think this is the easiest way to find him, specially if you go in person to the above mentioned depot.
On the other hand, I'm not sure the TPF would hand out names of their employees willy-nilly. Bus drivers can be the target of quite a bit ire in Switzerland .

I remember some years ago, the son of the Fribourg-Gottéron hockey team masseur was run over and killed by a bus driver. The next day, a bus driver was attacked by a bunch of the kid's friends, who thought they recognised him as the driver responsible. So I can appreciate the TPF protecting the identities of their drivers.

So ignore my opriginal suggestion.
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Re: a bus driver in Fribourg...

I hope it isn't this driver:



http://www.rts.ch/info/regions/fribo...-fribourg.html
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Re: a bus driver in Fribourg...

Eric - Check your pockets before you do your next load of washing.
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Re: a bus driver in Fribourg...

Actually today I stopped by Fribourg for some minutes. I first had a short stay in the city bus stop in front of the gare. I agree that there it is relatively easy, because almost all urban lines join at the station, and also the lines are short. Just by observing for 15 min, I already started to spot a couple of drivers passing by the bus stop twice. So I think whenever I have time, I just spend like a hour or two there, and I will see all the drivers.

Then I went to the underground bus stand at the back of the gare which is for reginal buses. There it is more difficult because the bus stand is big, and the bus frequency is more sparse.

I know the driver I am looking for shifts among at least all the urban lines. I just don't know if they also regularly shifts between urban and regional lines? I guess yes? If yes then how often do they shift? Someone has some information on that?

Also, with regard to TiMow's suggestion of going to the depot. For this one issue is that I don't know their working schedule. If all the drivers have the similar start/end time of the day, then it is great. I just go to the depot at the peak on/off work time. However, I don't think this is the case. I have quite a few bus driver friend in France and Italy, and their working schedules are exteremely complex - usually they have several pre-defined start/end times randomly assigned daily.

Also, today, I almost tried asking some of the drivers waiting in the stand if they know the driver I'm looking for. But finally I didn't because I think my information is too vague and not discriminant (who remembers his colleague has been serving 37 years or 36 years?). Also I saw the TPF office just upstairs, but after hesitation I didn't go inside (I cannot just ask if they have a driver who has been serving for xx years. That would be so weird a question)....

Anyway, i didn't have time today so I just made a layover in Fribourg for 30 min. Maybe I will go there another day.

You guys have some new advice?
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