Monday, August 25, 2003

STOP ME IF YOU'VE HEARD THIS ONE... The on-time performance on the 104 is starting to get worse. Not only are operators forced to deal with the construction on Market St in downtown West Chester, but West Chester University is back in session. Toss in a lot of congestion along Church St and on Rosedale Av near the college, and you have drivers who are supposed to cover the WCU to Market St/Westtown Rd in about 12-15 minutes taking nearly 30 minutes to cover. As such, buses during the mid-day hours have been arriving at 69 St Terminal anywhere from 15 to 25 minutes late, causing a ripple effect up and down the line. Pair that with the fact that the West Chester trips have seen the older and slower Neoplans and you have a recipe for reliability problems. And yes, the buses coming in from West Chester are very overcrowded. I will post some of the findings from today's mess either tomorrow or Wednesday (I grabbed the wrong notes ... d'oh!).

SCHEDULE CHANGE DATE CONFIRMED The City and Red Arrow schedules will change on Monday, September 8. I have yet to hear if any additional schedule changes or service cuts will be implemented in addition to those approved by the Board in June, but if I see one more trip added to the 14 while the 104 continues to get screwed, well, let's just say I won't be a happy camper...

(And if you can't tell that I'm in a bad mood, blame Randy Wolf and his second crappy outing in a row. And while you're at it, blame the Phillies alleged offense for going into witness protection since they left on their 13-game road trip last week.)

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