r/MadeMeSmile Jan 28 '23 All-Seeing Upvote 2 Heartwarming 2

This special public transport system for blind people in the UK Helping Others

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u/FluffyDiscipline Jan 28 '23

Should really be used as a training video for other as to "how it's done"....

Lovely driver, made it helpful and welcoming...

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u/AliceFaust Jan 28 '23

Not only that, but the interaction only took a few seconds really, but still made everything so much easier and smoother.

It doesn't take long to be kind and do what is right.

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u/Only_Quote_Simpsons Jan 28 '23

You know he's a nice guy when he said it with a genuine smile, despite the fact OP recording may not have seen it.

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u/cutofmyjib Jan 28 '23

Not blind, but on the phone I can "hear" when the other person is genuinely smiling. 🙂

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u/Only_Quote_Simpsons Jan 28 '23

Makes a big difference right? I work a telephony based job and due to the nature of the work there are lots of very vulnerable people I deal with, some of my coworkers constantly get shit but its because they are miserable arses.

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u/Big-Mathematician540 Jan 28 '23

I used to work in a taxi dispatch, taking calls.

Did you know that face to face humans have roughly a 50% chance of telling when someone is lying or not... but when you remove the visual, and only listen, people can tell who's lying about 60-70% of the time.

I think I have a decent ear for it nowadays.

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u/KickBallFever Jan 28 '23

I read an article about about how people lie some years ago. Apparently people are more likely to lie while talking on the phone as compared to talking face to face or using written communication.

It’s funny because it seems like people inherently assume you can’t detect lies over the phone but this isn’t really true.

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u/Squidkiller28 Jan 28 '23

A big uhhhmmmmmmm before they start is a good clue

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u/PM_me_spare_change Jan 28 '23

My favorite example of audible smiling is the song “Because I got High” by Afroman

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u/Docaroo Jan 28 '23

And he said to "not worry about your pass" at the end meaning to let the guy know he doesn't have to fumble for the card reader cause the bus driver can see the pass but I bet would have just let him go on without seeing it either. Top guy.

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u/BrownShadow Jan 28 '23

I was the ADA (Americans wit Disabilities Act) rep for my government job. Also oversaw the operations of the large conference center that could easily have 3000+ people at one time. Gigantic building. The goal is to make no fuss about any of it. It was surprising how many people don’t even think about accessibility when designing public buildings.

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u/BLINDtorontonian Jan 28 '23

Lots of transit stations and university buildings in my city are being built with random angled support pillars that are dangerous obstructions that end up as head injury risks for the low vision and blind community.

https://www.thestar.com/amp/news/gta/2017/11/01/ryersons-student-centre-is-dangerous-for-students-with-disabilities-advocate-says.html

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u/comped Jan 28 '23

Also an injury risk to anyone who uses their phone a lot, or who don't pay attention while walking!

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u/athennna Jan 28 '23

People make such a huge deal about accessibility being a pain but it’s really not. Most of it is just a few seconds of being conscientious.

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u/Rorschach_Roadkill Jan 28 '23

A lot of bus drivers probably love getting to do this, small break from the boring routine and you get to feel good about yourself doing something very simple

Also a lot probably absolutely can't be bothered, sadly

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u/typicalcitrus Jan 28 '23

London bus drivers are the friendliest I've interacted with on average

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u/mazamayomama Jan 28 '23

Also are amazing services nowadays where blind people point their phone at anything, and AI or actual volunteeres around the world dictate to help them realtime https://www.bemyeyes.com/

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u/forgottenoldusername Jan 28 '23

I'm not blind and I distinctly remember as a kid in the UK (so early 2000s) blind passengers had this machine they attached to the bus window that announced every stop.

This was in pretty rural North Wales as well.

I'd love to know some history about that, the machine amazed me as a kiddo

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u/scragar Jan 28 '23

Dunno about tech back then, but if the bus supports it there's an app called "bus announcements" which can read NFC in bus stop poles and placed near windows in some busses and tell you what the next stop is, where the bus is going, and what time it expects to arrive, etc.

I expect back in 2000 you probably needed a GPS tracker built in and some sort of programming of the bus route for it to be effective since it wouldn't be able to just grab the info online..

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u/welcometocolumbus Jan 28 '23

They there’s a veteran on YouTube named Blind Justice going through a whole load of shit because he tries to use his cellphone as an assistive device in public buildings like the courts. Very sad how his whole local government is making him a criminal.

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u/donkeypoop13 Jan 28 '23

Just recently started as a bus driver no such training or information I concur it should be mandatory training

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u/Effelumps Jan 28 '23

Brilliant. Proper and a proper London vibe too.

It should be a training video for humankind after reading some of the things going on over the last weeks, months.

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u/Ok-Diamond-9781 Jan 28 '23

Nice bus

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u/Beautiful-Musk-Ox Jan 28 '23

That's the nicest fucking bus I've ever seen. Even new buses where I'm from suck compared to that

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u/itsnickk Jan 28 '23

I like the fact that the bus driver is in a protected space where they can’t be assaulted

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u/gmanz33 Jan 28 '23

Montreal has designed a sort of glass encasing into the regular, kinda trashy city buses that your expect.

9/10 the drivers are way more mean than anybody I've seen hop on the bus but I'm glad they're kept safe.

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u/Mobb_Starr Jan 28 '23

Try driving a public transport bus for a bit. I’m sure that would harden even the nicest people up.

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u/_Ispeakingifs Jan 28 '23

Yeah I try not to judge when the drivers are pissy. I've seen the folks they have to deal with so I get it

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u/The_Strict_Nein Jan 28 '23

That pretty much every single bus in the UK

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u/Skreamie Jan 28 '23

And here in Ireland. I was really confused reading everyone's comments, I really don't see them as being all that amazing.

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u/jimbelushiapplesauce Jan 28 '23

it has a goddamned lobby with mahogany wainscoting

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u/lolihull Jan 28 '23

Haha that's just burgundy coloured plastic, possibly a light metal sheet but from memory it's plastic :)

The panel you briefly see on it is where the fire extinguisher in stored too I think.

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u/SlingerRing Jan 28 '23

Compared to American buses, this one is like a mansion on wheels.

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u/[deleted] Jan 28 '23 edited Feb 06 '23

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u/Kanigami-sama Jan 28 '23

Yours are cleaned daily? Ooh la la

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u/jansencheng Jan 28 '23

TBF, it's London. The 5 second rule applies to food as soon as it's been exposed to air.

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u/legendfriend Jan 28 '23

Cash isn’t used on London buses - the driver has always been in a cabin

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u/itsnickk Jan 28 '23

That’s pretty nice. I’ve just never seen a bus in the US that could even accommodate a cabin, at the most a plastic “shield”

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u/beecityuk Jan 28 '23

Well back in the day the original London buses had a driver in his cab and a conductor who took the fares. The busses were open at the back so were literally hop on hop off so you paid your fare after you sat down to the conductor who was running up and down the stairs all day. These newest buses reflect that traditional design in a modern format but now it's all cashless and you just touch your credit card or phone to the yellow card readers and it deducts a flat fare for any journey.

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u/typicalcitrus Jan 28 '23

Or your Oyster card

big up free buses for under 18s

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u/dexter311 Jan 28 '23

I would much rather society be grown-up enough to not assault bus drivers in the first place... but this is the next best thing I guess.

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u/Current-Cantaloupe96 Jan 28 '23

I remember seeing a bus drivers face get smashed into the steering wheel when I was 5. I’m 31 now and still very vivid. So I agree we need this in the USA.

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u/Spider-Man92 Jan 28 '23

Used to get on these buses every day from Fleet St to either Cannon St or Charing Cross, 11 and 15 usually but have the same aesthetics!

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u/Powerrrrrrrrr Jan 28 '23

Normal uk bus

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u/sprogg2001 Jan 28 '23

That's because this is a Bus run by Transport for London, a not-for-profit organisation in charge of overseeing buses, rail,tram, river traffic, subway, it also actively monitors pollution levels and restricts traffic in low emission zones where people and schools are. All told they help Londoners and visitors make 30m trips a day, and all with seamless contactless payment. The buses themselves feature USB chargers, Wi-Fi, Braille buttons, luggage racks, and passenger information.

If you travel outside of London transport is managed by for profit companies who send millions to their shareholders each year, the service is terrible, always late delayed and the most expensive in Europe. The government has blocked any attempt at TFL expanding to manage all the country's public transport, and has tried to privatise TFL several times.

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u/neophlegm Jan 28 '23

Just gonna throw out there that Arriva can go fuck themselves

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u/54321lkjhg Jan 28 '23

London gets all the good stuff. There's one bus route that's good near me, the rest are absolute trash.

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u/Ewannnn Jan 28 '23

Nature of living in high density. Most of the country doesn't have that luxury.

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u/rizlahh Jan 28 '23

Also a result of Thatcher.

She deregulated bus companies/services for the rest of the country so they were run purely for profit by private companies, but made sure London's was tightly regulated.

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u/OldFood9677 Jan 28 '23

Thatcher

One of the worst fucking subhuman to ever fucking live on this planet

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u/2wedfgdfgfgfg Jan 28 '23

IMO some of the support for Brexit, at least in the North, was because of this. They see all of the investment, taxes going to the South.

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u/Cappy2020 Jan 28 '23 edited Jan 28 '23

How are lies like this upvoted?

This bus is not run by TfL - as with all buses in London, it is tendered and run by private companies. In this case the private company is Metroline.

Source - https://bus-routes-in-london.fandom.com/wiki/London_Buses_route_17#:~:text=London%20Buses%20route%2017%20is,it%20is%20operated%20by%20Metroline.

it also actively monitors pollution levels and restricts traffic in low emission zones where people and schools are.

No it doesn’t. You’re making it sound like there is a system in place that restricts traffic as soon as emission levels near people and schools in a certain area gets high. There isn’t.

There is just a blanket Congestion Charge and ULEZ zone, which operates regardless of what the pollution levels are. In other words, if you want to drive in those zones with a particular car, you pay the resulting fees to do so, regardless of what the emission levels happen to be.

The buses themselves feature USB chargers, Wi-Fi, Braille buttons, luggage racks, and passenger information.

Eh, this person is painting an overly idyllic view of bus transport here in London in my view. Busses are nowhere near this nice, particularly when you start heading outside of Zone 1, where the quality of buses starts to deteriorate rapidly as that is where all of the old stock is sent off. Even in Central London, finding a bus that is this new and doesn’t have things like chewing gum stuck in the USB charging ports is a challenge. The reason this particular bus looks so clean/new is because it is - the 17 route was lucky enough to receive the new batch of Routemaster 11.2m EVs.

TfL should be praised for some things I absolutely agree, but you’re making London sound like a transport utopia, and whilst it is certainly better than anywhere else in the UK (not a big achievement there), it pales in comparison to the rest of Europe and parts of Asia.

Heck if you get outside of Central London (say Zone 3 and beyond), PTAL scores (which measure public transport availability and is collated by TfL themselves) drops off a cliff. Let alone when you get outside of London as you’ve mentioned.

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u/the_other_city Jan 28 '23

You're right about the part privatized model.

No it doesn’t. You’re making it sound like there is a system in place that restricts traffic as soon as emission levels near people and schools in a certain area gets high. There isn’t.

There is a system for schools, known as School Streets, which restricts traffic near 500 schools. There are also Low Emission Bus Zones which allocate clean buses to run through polluted neighbourhoods. There are also the Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, and other policies like bike lines and bus lanes. All of these are run by Transport for London, and they will be looking at pollution to decide where to put them, with other factors.

whilst it is certainly better than anywhere else in the UK (not a big achievement there), it pales in comparison to the rest of Europe

That isn't true, there are very few places in Europe that have such a good public transport system as London. Although smaller cities in Europe are much better than our comparable cities.

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u/360langford Jan 28 '23

This is quite an old London bus by the seat design, but generally I find the London bus network wonderful. Very well connected and trips are £1.65

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u/ChewySlinky Jan 28 '23

I’ve stayed in hotels with worse lobbies than that bus

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u/Honey-Badger Jan 28 '23

Thats not even one of the newnew buses which are fully electric and look like this.

The believe the bus in this video could have been made between 2011-2017

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u/CilanEAmber Jan 28 '23

As a Brit I'm jealous. My city's running on 20 year old hand me downs. And small rural buses.

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u/cantfindmykeys Jan 28 '23

As an American who doesn't drive anymore I'm very jealous. I don't take the bus here either if I can help it because they always smell like piss. The light rail in my city is nice, but not this nice

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u/Pabus_Alt Jan 28 '23

London Busses are if anything more impressive than the tube. Flat cheap fee for any trip, wide 24hr coverage, usually around every 10 minutes and the automated stop announcements.

Only downside is they can be slow because of the traffic. Which would be helped if more people used the bus!

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u/[deleted] Jan 28 '23 edited Feb 05 '23

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u/ir_blues Jan 28 '23

Some yes, some no. I am from germany. Our Busses are pretty modern and up to date. But thats also partially because they try to keep them as environmental friendly as possible. And newer engines are usually better, they mostly use hybrid engines these days.

But our trams, are a total mix. We have some pretty new ones, but if you are unlucky you might end up in a 30 year old one without AC and not very comfortable seats.

Thats for my city with about 150k people. Someone made a video of all the tram models driving around here, if anyone likes trains: https://youtu.be/0YPIov7b1cs

They are always clean though.

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u/adrienjz888 Jan 28 '23

Vancouver BC and the surrounding area have a great public transport system.

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u/yourphotondealer Jan 28 '23

Yeah. As an Usanian I'm very jealous.

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u/TheMadTemplar Jan 28 '23

Where is Usania? I've never heard of you guys before. A good public transportation system is definitely something to take pride in, though.

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u/archimedies Jan 28 '23

Apparently it's just a weird way to say American. First time I have seen it too.

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u/irrational_design Jan 28 '23

It's how morons say American.

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u/Your_Depressed_Soul Jan 28 '23

usanian

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u/sevsnapey Jan 28 '23

trying to figure this shit out like ... usain bolt?

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u/IdoNOThateNEVER Jan 28 '23

Usain, if he was Iranian. Usanian.

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u/[deleted] Jan 28 '23 edited Jan 28 '23

It's the new routemaster for London. I think it's a hybrid https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Routemaster

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u/Tandian Jan 28 '23

Holly hell that's a nice buss. In the few areas that have they are shit stained and look unsafe

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u/Cerpin-Taxt Jan 28 '23

As weird as it sounds London buses are a supposed to be a significant cultural icon for tourism. They appear in all the souvenirs and advertising. Because of this reverence they spent a lot of money redesigning them a few years back. Same with the black cabs.

But as with all things from London and the UK in general, the nice buses only go to rich neighbourhoods.

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u/Affectionate-Guess13 Jan 28 '23

I'm in the north of the UK and we have buses like this.

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u/alice_be_topless Jan 28 '23

the nice buses only go to rich neighbourhoods

i live in peckham mate, we get plenty of the new buses

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u/Cerpin-Taxt Jan 28 '23

Yeah cause that's where they turn around.

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u/hallouminati_pie Jan 28 '23

Absolutely not true the nice buses only go to the rich neighbourhoods. Considering this is a London bus, I guarantee you it goes through all kinds of neighbourhoods as the city is most definitely not segregated as black and white into rich/poor

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u/Gazuba Jan 28 '23

You're damn right. The 17 specifically goes all the way up to Archway. As if Holloway Road or Cally Road are rich areas. They're okay, but hardly rich.

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u/LawfulnessSavings496 Jan 28 '23

I've lived in some crap areas and the buses are all relatively new and nice.

Buses don't really stay in 'rich areas', they go across the whole city so how would that even work?

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u/HowObvious Jan 28 '23

The buses are also run by TfL which is a government body which helps. Our buses in Edinburgh are run by the local government as well and are imo the best in Scotland (not without their issues though).

The private bus companies like stage coach are a nightmare.

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u/qasqaldag Jan 28 '23

The video belongs to @blinddad_uk and here is his description:

"How does a blind person know when a bus is coming? And if they’re getting on the right one?

It might sound simple, but you’d be amazed how often I’ve been stood at a bus stop waiting for a bus for ages, only to find out that the bus has passed by already and I had no idea!

This London bus driver got it so right tonight & it made my journey home so much easier. He stopped right by me, called out the number and direction of the bus and even signposted me to an empty chair (none of this “there’s a seat back there” business!) And he did it all with a smile on his face and efficiently too.

This is the gold standard. What a legend! 👏🏽👏🏽"

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u/GoGoRoloPolo Jan 28 '23

Deaf person here. Is there a transcript? I know he described what the driver said but that's different to actually subtitling what the driver said.

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u/Bulletti Jan 28 '23

"Route 17 towards london bridge, there's a seat to your right."

The last bit is hard to understand, but he does point at the seat.

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u/WormedOut Jan 28 '23

He says “Don’t worry about your pass” when he tries to scan it.

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u/sadmanwithabox Jan 28 '23

I was in LA a few months ago and tried to take a bus somewhere. The bus pulled up, stopped, opened its doors halfway, then closed them and drove off.

I was fucking pissed, mainly because if I had known I wasn't allowed on the bus for whatever reason, I would have taken an uber 30 minutes earlier and been at my destination by the time the bus refused to pick me up.

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u/SweetLilMonkey Jan 28 '23 edited Jan 28 '23

You weren’t allowed on the bus?

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u/sadmanwithabox Jan 28 '23

I don't think it's that I wasn't "allowed" so much as the driver just didn't care enough to let me on. I just phrased it that way because that's how it felt to me.

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u/Macrogonus Jan 28 '23

I feel like he's leaving something out. Bus drivers in LA are used to dealing with crazy people.

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u/Chrisfdz1 Jan 28 '23

Why would you not be allowed on a bus that is part of public transportation?

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u/endlessly_apollo Jan 28 '23

I will have to give DC credit, all the buses have audio outside and inside so if you are at a stop you can hear which bus is stopping.

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u/CDNChaoZ Jan 28 '23

He pointed to the seat?

*Yes I realize not all legally blind people are completely sightless.

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u/flumadiddler Jan 28 '23

Gestures are entrenched in language - it was probably just habit!

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u/Bulletti Jan 28 '23

Verbally.

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u/CDNChaoZ Jan 28 '23

He also did it physically.

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u/SoDakZak Jan 28 '23

I’m deaf in my right ear, can you just subtitle the second half of each word he says?

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u/Bulletti Jan 28 '23

"...te ...7 ...ards ...don ...ge ...re's ... ...t ...o ...ur ...ight"

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u/superdeeduperstoopid Jan 28 '23

Nicely done, lol

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u/Luna_Moon777 Jan 28 '23 edited Jan 28 '23

Driver: This is route 17 towards London Bridge.

Man: Oh lovely.

Driver: And there's a seat on your right.

Man: Brilliant, thank you so much.

Overhead Speaker: Headed towards London Bridge.

Edit: Formatting, Route Error

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u/GoGoRoloPolo Jan 28 '23

Thank you.

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u/DarthFader4 Jan 28 '23

The last thing the driver says is actually "Don't worry about your pass" as the guy is about to swipe his card. Just a cherry on top of the kindness cake.

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u/6anitray3 Jan 28 '23

Summoning r/transcribersofreddit

Great human volunteers transcribe posts on Reddit. This would be perfect for them.

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u/[deleted] Jan 28 '23

How did he know he had a smile on his face

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u/Corndawgz Jan 28 '23

The bus driver smiled in braille.

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u/NEX4TE Jan 28 '23

Im assuming someone viewed this footage on their behalf and told them.

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u/OP_LIES_TO_THE_DEAF Jan 28 '23

Nah he does all the video editing and captioning himself.

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u/Crathsor Jan 28 '23

You can hear people smiling when they talk, at least sometimes. There is a change in tone or something, I am not a soundologist, but you can tell.

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u/_Oce_ Jan 28 '23

He shouted a very high frequency sound and echo-localized the mouth corners.

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u/redsunmachine Jan 28 '23 edited Jan 28 '23

Just to be clear, this isn't a special public transport system for blind people, it's just an ordinary bus, but in this case staffed by a really nice person (definitely not a given!)

In fact, I think bus drivers in London are normally worse because people leave in the middle or rear so no-one says thank you, and it's easy to feel resentful or underappreciated. In most of the rest of the country everyone says thank you as they leave at the front so there's a good vibe 90% of the time.

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u/hallouminati_pie Jan 28 '23

London for all it's messiness has one of the world's best bus networks with every bus being disabled access friendly. Considering its size, every bus was wheelchair accessible since they got rid of the route master 15 years ago and TFL really try to to make the stressful action of commuting in the city as accessible and inclusive as possible.

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u/Mack29446 Jan 28 '23

It is a legal requirement for all UK service buses (meeting certain requirements) to be accessible for a user in a wheelchair

Also, operators over a certain size are also required to report data about their buses, including realtime location, to the government so it can be made available on sites like this https://bustimes.org/map

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u/ShadowsWandering Jan 28 '23

What. The. Fuck.

Where I live I would be thrilled to have literally any bus within walking distance of me. This bus is bigger and nicer than my apartment. I am so jealous

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u/maskf_ace Jan 28 '23

"Don't worry about your pass" atta lad. Kindness and compassion. Also funny seeing everyone compliment our English buses haha, I suppose they are quite nice

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u/Craigothy-YeOldeLord Jan 28 '23

Buses where I live "LOOOOOOOOOOOOOL BROOM BROOM" as they ignore my wife standing there

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u/tacticoolnukes Jan 28 '23

I can't tell you how many times thats happened to me. Some days you're lucky to even see your bus let along get on it.

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u/sedontane Jan 28 '23

I mean, if you are like the OOP of this video, that's kinda the problem, they can't see the bus.

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u/CilanEAmber Jan 28 '23

Sometimes they even look at you as they do it.

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u/Still-Ad9131 Jan 28 '23

I see nothing like this for public transportation in America. We're so behind.

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u/i_want_iguodala_xd Jan 28 '23 edited Jan 28 '23

In San Francisco, the drivers will stop for 30 sec and help folks in wheelchairs get secured, I’ve seen it many* times. I’d wager they’re trained to assist the blind. Sorry to hear it’s an issue where you’re located Edit: typo

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u/schwab002 Jan 28 '23

NYC too. It's just not as quick and charming at this UK video.

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u/FoggyPeaks Jan 28 '23

Not just the bus. This is London, right? Try to find a corner in NYC that looks this civilized and clean.

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u/SumerianSunset Jan 28 '23

Brit here, sadly there are plenty areas of London that aren't this clean or well managed, plenty is rough and run down, we're a very classist nation and you see stark contrasts between upper and working class areas often right next to eachother, some councils get more funding than others too, poorer areas are neglected and this can mean areas full of trash/graffiti/closed down shops etc. Used to be better!

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u/dennisthewhatever Jan 28 '23

Yes, the UK can be a mess, but I saw things in the USA which were on a whole new level. Like stuff you'd expect in the 3rd world. I actually really appreciate the UK since I've travelled the world. We have it good here.

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u/TheElderCouncil Jan 28 '23

There are many areas in NYC that look nice and clean. But it’ll cost you. America is split into classes. Rich and poor.

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u/chzplz Jan 28 '23 edited Jan 28 '23

My bus service in Canada does this. They also give out free “bus hailing kits” that let you hold up a sign with the number of the bus you’re waiting for, which is great at busy stops that have many busses.

Edit - found a link to the bus hailing kit - pretty simple!

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u/cunt_continent Jan 28 '23

Yea but we do a pretty darn good job when it comes to ADA

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u/So_Motarded Jan 28 '23

Really? I'm in San Diego, and buses will slow or stop for anyone standing by a bus stop. They also have automated announcement speakers which will say the route name and direction.

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u/bingbongbananadong Jan 28 '23

At least in the seattle area they have specific shuttles you can schedule https://www.communitytransit.org/dart

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u/krdtr Jan 28 '23

I've seen this regularly in the Minneapolis - St. Paul area. Every bus driver who passes by someone waiting with a cane has pulled the door up right to that person and shouted out the route number and direction. And I've seen a number of brief conversations about seating or heard an announcement asking to make room if it wasn't already happening. Definitely everything seemed to move slower, maybe because the bus is less nice to navigate, there's more ice to navigate sometimes, people in smaller cities take their time more, etc. but overall same thing.

I'm aware it doesn't always happen (there have been articles in local news lately) but I've definitely seen the same kind of training in action in Minneapolis - St. Paul.

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u/KYVet Jan 28 '23

I don't know how Londoners? feel about their public transportation system but having dealt with them in a lot of major US cities, appreciate what you have. It is the best I've ever seen by far.

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u/alkharid_kid Jan 28 '23

We definitely take it for granted. Most Londoners, myself included, don't even need to worry about owning a vehicle because there are almost always multiple good public transport routes to get to any place we need to be.

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u/flightguy07 Jan 28 '23

Born and raised in London, and now in Scotland for 4 years for Uni. Public transport is perfectly OK here, but it ain't got shit on London.

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u/bellendhunter Jan 28 '23

Forget what you read in the media, the people of Britain are mostly very kind. I love my country for the good parts, because we have it great here.

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u/jimpx131 Jan 28 '23

Can confirm, went to the UK for holiday last year, felt wonderful wherever I went. People were so friendly and welcoming and it was my first ever trip alone, without any company, made the experience so much better. Exactly the reason I’m going back in March to the north of England and south of Scotland.

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u/wolfgang784 Jan 28 '23

Wow, that is a fancy bus. So new looking, so clean, so huge, spacious aisle - def the nicest bus I've seen in forever. Is that the norm over there? Busses in my part of the US are pretty terrible. Nobody even made fun of the blind person.

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u/Fapism101 Jan 28 '23

Yeah. London public transport is better than the rest of the country and they have these special new buses you don't see outside London, but the quality of the busses is broadly similar.

In central London you don't plan, you just rock up, there's always a bus in less than 5 mins and you tap your credit or debit card on that yellow sign and that'd a fixed fee no matter how far you go. You also get a lovely view of London.

Who the hell makes fun of the blind? I'd expect even the knarliest yoovs in the street would respectfully move aside for a blind person.

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u/SpiderSixer Jan 28 '23

I always love my Northern friends' reactions when they come to London, while I've grown up here. They're always baffled how they can practically go across half the greater city for just a couple quid, with buses every few minutes, while buses where they're from are lucky to come every hour and would cost you an arm just to go to the town centre down the road

TFL isn't perfect, but my god do I love it. The first time I took a bus outside of London, I was sweating bullets trying to talk to the driver and figure out what to do - I had to tell her where I wanted to go specifically, and then she would print me a unique ticket for it. Wild

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u/wolfgang784 Jan 28 '23

Philadelphia has a lot of animals that look like humans but aren't.

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u/Joec1211 Jan 28 '23

Buses in London are generally of pretty good quality - they’re not all as nice as this, looks like one of the more modern/fancy ones that they use for major routes which run through the centre of the city. But you rarely see any that are truly run down or gross, honestly.

We are really fortunate that the public transport system here is probably up there with some of the best in the world to be honest. We love to moan about it (because we’re British) but compared to a lot of other places we are really lucky. I’ve lived in London for 10 years, never owned a car and haven’t really needed one.

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u/username6789321 Jan 28 '23

Is that the norm over there?

Different bus companies have contracts in different cities, so it can vary. This one looks much nicer than any buses I've seen near me. The ones near me look like this: https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1757/40709936120_2b940e836b_b.jpg

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u/heinebold Jan 28 '23

I'm confused about 'hailing a bus', don't UK buses stop at well defined bus stops?

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u/Gublets Jan 28 '23

Multiple buses may use the same stop. No point stopping if no-one wants to get on or get off, so you hail it to let them know you want on.

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u/heinebold Jan 28 '23

Ok, never seen that in Germany, they always stop if someone is there (unless you are alone and clearly shoo them away xD)

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u/MshipQ Jan 28 '23

I moved from the UK to Berlin and I still hail the buses here, I wonder if the drivers think I'm mental.

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u/Pifflebushhh Jan 28 '23

It’s a gentleman’s agreement in England, typically if you are standing close to the road they will stop, although you should really flag them down. When I wait for a bus and a bus turns up that isn’t mind, I often step back and shake my head to the driver to indicate to carry on

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u/heinebold Jan 28 '23

Right, that's how I know it (the second part), not the explicit hailing

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u/nipplesaurus Jan 28 '23

Same in Toronto

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u/Ok-Statement-2578 Jan 28 '23

Some bus stops are request stops only, the may have multiple buses that stop there, so you put out your hand if it's the bus that you want.

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u/heinebold Jan 28 '23

Ok, never seen that in Germany, they always stop if someone is there (unless you are alone and clearly shoo them away xD)

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u/mazamayomama Jan 28 '23

Shout-out to https://www.bemyeyes.com/ is volunteer sourced realtime assistance for blind people navigating the world, from reading soup cans at home, to using public transport

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u/jlspider Jan 28 '23

That is the way

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u/Chip365 Jan 28 '23 edited Jan 28 '23

As a Londoner, for some reason this tiny show of humanity and consideration almost makes me want to cry. Rightly or wrongly, London gets a lot of flak (stabby, dirty, expensive etc etc.) and it's far from perfect I know, but it is a great city with plenty of really good people in it.

I was on the 43 bus earlier and it's funny how public transport can be a microcosm of what London is all about. All manner of nationalities, ages, professions, friendships, conversation humming through the bus as it winds it way through the city. I love it.

Thanks for sharing this u/qasqaldag

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u/qasqaldag Jan 28 '23

I plan to move to London soon as well. So it's nice to hear this :)

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u/thecatthatispoopy Jan 28 '23

I take my baby on London buses all the time... Lots of drivers are this helpful. Some are meh but on the whole they are patient and respectful. Also I had an awesome Transport for London 'baby on board' badge while pregnant so I didn't have to keep asking people for a seat.

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u/Sleepy_Oasis Jan 28 '23

Bus drivers are such good people, it's such an underappreciated job tbh. Good man

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u/off-and-on Jan 28 '23

Why do you need to hail a bus in the first place? Here in Sweden the bus stops whenever there's someone at the stop who isn't not paying attention to the bus

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u/Captains_Parrot Jan 28 '23

Most bus stops have multiple services running past it. I live in a village, the bus stop I would use has about 6 different bus routes on it. There's no point for the bus to stop if nobody wants to get on or off so you just stick your arm out when the bus you want comes.

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u/Curvy_Underside Jan 28 '23

Holy shit, public transit in the UK, or at least this pimp-my-ride ass bus, is so much better than here in the US.

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u/ImGrumpyLOL Jan 28 '23

It's a standard London bus, if you're interested in London transport, you should check out the new Elizabeth line. I take it almost daily and there's no better way to travel!

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u/CabbageFridge Jan 28 '23

London busses are doing so great with accessability compared to other areas. It's really great to see and I hope it is used as and example and a goal for other areas.

The ones I've used have also had big middle doors with electronic ramps that lead into the wheelchair space. There's a button on the side of the bus near the middle doors to tell the driver you need the ramp so you don't have to try to get their attention through the crowd of people trying to get on or navigate past things like bins, signs and bus shelters to see them and then go back to the middle doors to get on. All wheelchair users also get to use the busses for free. No pass required. I can imagine that's also a lot easier for the drivers because otherwise they would likely have to leave their seat to go to the middle of the bus and check the pass.

Apparently their bus tracking is also very reliable which again is great compared to other places. Like for example means people who can't see the bus or the details like it's number can check on their phone to know when to expect it.

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u/Fmartins84 Jan 28 '23

I'm in Houston TX and this kinda of service would NEVER happen here

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u/fakeMD Jan 28 '23

That is the nicest bus.

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u/coffeequeen0523 Jan 28 '23

Wow ! I’m super impressed with the actions of the driver and his care and concern for the passenger! U.S. bus drivers not like this. I want to come to the UK to ride in one of these buses. Gorgeous super nice bus!

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u/MoonPuma337 Jan 28 '23

Jesus Christ your guys’ busses are next level luxury. They make ours look like sardine cans with seats

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u/lipglossy336 Jan 28 '23

THATS a public bus in the UK?! It’s gorgeous

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u/Ima_pray_4_u Jan 28 '23

All the Americans on here in Awe at how clean and spacious public transport could be

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u/1BaddRaven Jan 28 '23

Dayuuuummmm ya'll got nice buses!

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u/Jarvis_Strife Jan 28 '23

This isn’t the norm?

Are other countries that useless? It’s common sense.

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u/SLUTSGOSONIC2 Jan 28 '23

Bro that bus is nice

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u/Mr-Klaus Jan 28 '23

Damn, the driver even wore a courtesy smile even though the blind guy couldn't see it. Awesome service.

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u/deathtogluten Jan 28 '23

As a person with a mom who is vision impaired who still works and needs a little extra help, we need this here in the US 🥹

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u/_fd1911 Jan 28 '23

We’re so far from this here…

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u/Polar_Vortx Jan 28 '23

I took a black cab when I visited London (of course I did) and me and the people I was traveling with asked the driver stuff about his job and how you become a cabbie, and apparently there is a very large book of routes, places, and trivia you have to memorize. If they drill their cabbies that hard, I’m unsurprised to learn that the buses have this policy in place, even if I don’t know much about their discipline.

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u/driverdevin Jan 28 '23

Wow UK busses look really nice

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u/w0a1v Jan 28 '23

We would try this out in The States but Republicans don’t want anyone getting any special treatment, that isn’t endemic, structural, inheritable & irrevocable (related to money). As they swerved further in to Christo-National Fascism, they are a hair’s-width away from saying its “Against God’s Plan”.

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u/TheFlightlessDragon Jan 28 '23

Holy crap! That’s what buses look like in the UK?

American over here is jealous

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u/accountno543210 Jan 28 '23

I like how the bus drivers smiles at him anyway. What a fucking chap.

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u/RolAcosta Jan 28 '23

I've become disabled in the past year due to a stroke, and it truly brings tears to my eyes to see how accomadating and helpful people can be when they want to be. The simple fact that we have handicap parking in this country (USA) is such a blessing I never appreciated until my hospitalization.

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u/Pormock Jan 28 '23

Damn never seen a bus that fancy before. It looks like being inside a house or a bar. I wished my city had that.

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u/Shanguerrilla Jan 28 '23

I'm such a sap that I got welled up over even this!

I was so glad he did the CC, because that helped me quicker appreciate everything taking place when my ears didn't keep up.

I love that the poster is posting THE BEST--THIS IS HOW TO DO IT! post, instead of complaining he's praising positive reinforcement and helping US to understand.

I LOVE the way the driver was meticulous to get the door just right for his passenger and immediately announce what he was for safety, where he was going and the stop, and where the clear seat was.

This helped me so much better combat more of my own ignorance that was ableist because I was exuberant watching this thinking this is exactly how people who SHOULD have a life, but couldn't---CAN!

It's so meaningful to me, and doubly so that this is what was championed rather than the wrong cases.

I want more of THIS!

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u/itsdeepee123 Jan 28 '23

Dafuck kinda bus is that, ones where I live are lucky to have 80s pattern dusty fabric long faded seats full of rubbish and smell like sweat and piss

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u/classicteenmistake Jan 28 '23

Seeing how nice the bus looks as an American is quite depressing

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u/mrsdoubleu Jan 28 '23

Those buses look so nice!!! I don't know anywhere that has buses that nice here in the U.S.

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u/No-Satisfaction78 Jan 28 '23

That bus looked amazing. The ones I have had to take are always all ratchety and dirty. I hate this stupid frickin country.

Source: US citizen...

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u/helluvadrunkard Jan 28 '23

That’s some next level service. Here in Finland, the bus driver will tell you to piss off if you so much as glance at them, and instead of audible announcements we have a display that’s not even on half the time.

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u/JennyDove Jan 28 '23

Lovely driver, and gee... what a lovely bus!! That would be destroyed so quickly in America.

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u/mombi Jan 28 '23

We really need double deckers in Finland. Ridiculous how packed they're getting now, they take up the few accessible seating areas too.

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u/matscom84 Jan 28 '23

Defo not a national express, those c*nts won't even acknowledge you

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u/baconlover28 Jan 28 '23

Yo, if my city had these type of busses i would gladly take em instead of my car. My city public transportation is foul and horrible. I luv how this bus driver is protected. Mine get assaulted on a daily basis

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u/dopymean Jan 28 '23

Shoutout to the UK busses. This ain’t an American bus that’s for sure.

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u/Alternative-Eye-1993 Jan 28 '23

Just started driving for the public transit system in Portland Or, the busses abroad are so damn nice.

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u/The_bestestusername Jan 28 '23

This is fucking with me because a blind person is recording their pov. So, thousands of people are seeing what they can not.

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u/Just_Tana Jan 28 '23

Oh god if only the US could care this much about disabled people. Remember how much conservatives pushed back against the Americans with Disabilities Act? Like I want nice things like this.

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u/shay-doe Jan 28 '23

Wow the buses in the UK are luxurious.

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u/ooahpieceofcandy Jan 29 '23

The busses in the UK are nice.

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