MTA speed demons

I am just gonna throw this out there: Nashville’s MTA buses drive way too fast, and way too poorly. Hell, Newton got hit by a bus this week. Sure, accidents happen. But I’ve seen the buses flying down 1st avenue between Broadway and Demonbreun, and there’s no way they’re going the speed limit. I shudder to think what would happen if a car or a person got in their way. This is especially relevant, now, given the increased level of pedestrian traffic around the new train station.

Thoughts? Am I crazy? Is it just that one stretch of road I’m biased by?

3 Comments so far

  1. Mister Nashville (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 4:48 pm

    It really depends on the driver, but you’re right. A large number of the drivers drive too fast. I was standing at a stop on 4th Avenue today and the guy went half a block before he was able to stop because he was going so fast. He had just pulled out from the shelter so I have no idea how he got up that much speed that fast.

  2. CeeElCee (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 2:44 pm

    As somebody who rides the bus occasionally, I agree. The good news is that MTA buses are almost always running ahead of schedule.

    The bad news is that you better be at the stop a little early or you have a sprint on your hands to catch it.

    The worse news is that they are constantly training new drivers on my route, and they’re not very good. Beware.

  3. Jack Shell (unregistered) on December 9th, 2006 @ 2:10 pm

    I’m an MTA regular, and the buses are usually right on time in the morning, but in the afternoon… fuggetaboutit. And yes, they often drive rapidly. Many a time I have gotten, slid my bus pass, and am walking to my seat and before I’ve sat down, that driver has gone from zero to sixty in two seconds. They could slow it down a bit for everyone’s safety.

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