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Old 30.10.2008, 12:14
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Where is the bus?

Waited almost an hour...no bus came...When the bus finally came...it was completely packed...then I started to wonder...does everyone else knows what had happened to the bus or bus schedules??

Is the second time in 6 years since I have experienced something like that. Does the VBZ announce this somewhere?
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Old 30.10.2008, 12:23
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Re: Where is the bus?

Look around you. Notice anything different this morning compared to a normal morning?
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Old 30.10.2008, 12:25
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Re: Where is the bus?

Last night, all the electronic notice boards had notices up saying there would be delays, they seem to be running normaly now though.
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Waited almost an hour...no bus came...When the bus finally came...it was completely packed...then I started to wonder...does everyone else knows what had happened to the bus or bus schedules??

Is the second time in 6 years since I have experienced something like that. Does the VBZ announce this somewhere?
Second time in SIX years?
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Re: Where is the bus?

ok...I miss the announcement...



so...they announce it over the radio...?

I know the snow situation makes it difficult...just wondering where I could get news of possible delays...
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ok...I miss the announcement...



so...they announce it over the radio...?

I know the snow situation makes it difficult...just wondering where I could get news of possible delays...
It's usually a good rule of thumb to assume if the weather is cr*p to expect that public transport may not be running to time...
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Re: Where is the bus?

"Look around you. Notice anything different this morning compared to a normal morning?"

Yes, but this is not Costa Rica. This is Switzerland, land of mountains & snow. Public transport should not stop if there is a half inch of melting snow out there.
I was thinking that snow, rain, wind and leaves are excuses used only by train operators in UK.
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Re: Where is the bus?

Was flagged down by a lady at the Bus stop and gave her a lift into the City. Just wish she did not STINK of cigarretes (I had to open my window). She didn't realise I was English till I told her so my German can't be that bad
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"Look around you. Notice anything different this morning compared to a normal morning?"

Yes, but this is not Costa Rica. This is Switzerland, land of mountains & snow. Public transport should not stop if there is a half inch of melting snow out there.
I was thinking that snow, rain, wind and leaves are excuses used only by train operators in UK.
The trains usually cope, the BIG problem is with Busses. With the traffic queues and no bus lanes out in the sticks, then they get stuck in the traffic too.
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"Look around you. Notice anything different this morning compared to a normal morning?"

Yes, but this is not Costa Rica. This is Switzerland, land of mountains & snow. Public transport should not stop if there is a half inch of melting snow out there.
I was thinking that snow, rain, wind and leaves are excuses used only by train operators in UK.
Often it is not the fault of the trams or the buses but, if you look at a thread which is currently running about driving conditions, it is safe to assume that the level of prangs and rubbish driving has an indirect effect on the schedules of buses and trams which get snarled up in the chaos.
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Re: Where is the bus?

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It's usually a good rule of thumb to assume if the weather is cr*p to expect that public transport may not be running to time...
One bus I was on broke down, luckily it was right in town and another was right behind it. The bus driver didn't tell anyone the bus was broken though, and everyone was sat on the bus for 5 minutes wondering why it wasn't going anywhere, people eventualy moved off in a slow trickle when they realised.

All in all, things seemed ok here (Luzern), the last bus was only a couple of minutes late.
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After somehow managing to get to the town in which we work, despite the chaos on the trains this morning, my colleagues and I were stuffed by a pedantic bus driver who, in contrast to the rest of the waiting drivers at the bus station, decided to drive off at precisely 07:47 in an empty bus, completely ignoring all the people who were just getting off the slightly-delayed train.

****er.

The misery was compounded by a colleague who announced "I know a shortcut", and proceeded to lead us up a sodden, muddy, slushy path, blocked by fallen trees, and populated by fierce wolves and eskimos with machine guns.

Not the most leisurely commute I've enjoyed this year...
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Re: Where is the bus?

For the future, at every bus or tram stop there is a time table. On every time-table there is a 0800 number. If I ever want to know the situation I just call and get the info.
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Re: Where is the bus?

news from Baden: ****ed sour faces all round this mornign. all signboards had the yellow letters on them, circa 10 min verspätet etc etc. lucky for me, i have a direct connection to work, so i was just 15min late. can't imagine folks who have more connections to manage.

also notice that when people have nothing else better to do, they smoke. a lot.

I recall during the Die Bahn strikes in germany, the company handed out refreshments at the main train station, in an attempt to placate perturbed passengers.
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Second time in SIX years?
I'm with you on that one. The public transport bods out here perform miracles. In the UK, if the bus turns up at all you're doing well. No point talking to the driver about time-tables either unless you speak Polish.

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Public transport should not stop if there is a half inch of melting snow out there.
I was thinking that snow, rain, wind and leaves are excuses used only by train operators in UK.
As a side note: Some bus lines (80, 32 to name a few) have to go through areas with more than half inch of snow (in particular in the early morning) and with a certain slope. Add this with a few unprepared drivers slowing down the traffic flow, and this is what you get.

And BTW: This was quite some snow, even for Zurich, and even if it fell in January. ZH is not Davos or Obergoms.

I can still remember what type of effect a couple of snowflakes have on London's underground (and yes, they are supposed to be underground).

So be happy a bus arrived. Public transportation is excellent here
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Re: Where is the bus?

do you know it hasn't snowed this early so far down since we moved here in 99' so everyone has been caught unawares. We haven't got our winter tires on and as the bus drivers don't live in the bus depot they had to get to work somehow and many probably got delayed..
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Re: Where is the bus?

Also, what happens is that many drivers left their cars home today and chosen to take public transport so they didn't have to drive their cars with summer tires on the snow.

This obviously overloads and delays the busses and even trains.
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Got caught out this morning with the snow. No bus, and the tram was stuck in traffic. Decided to try my luck with the bus, only for a kind passerby who suggested that I should walk to the Hauptbahnhof instead.

That's a 45 minutes walk without snow, and ended up working remotely from home instead. Would have been terribly late for work since its all the way in Bern and I live in Zürich

Since I am relatively new here, I guess I will just suck it all up and get prepared for these situation in the future! Maybe I will wake up every hour in the middle of the night to see if it is snowing :P
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Since I am relatively new here, I guess I will just suck it all up and get prepared for these situation in the future! Maybe I will wake up every hour in the middle of the night to see if it is snowing :P
As long as you don't live in a pedestrian precinct, you can hear the difference in the early morning traffic noise when there's snow on the ground. With practice you can do this without getting out of bed
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