Here’s a common scenario for both veteran transit users and newbies.
You hop on an unfamiliar bus taking an unfamiliar route. You know the specific cross street and nearby major intersections, but you don’t know where exactly the nearest bus stop is at. No bus schedule is available on the bus, the transit agency website doesn’t display properly on your phone, the bus driver doesn’t speak English, and you don’t speak his language.
You don’t have much wiggle room to walk to your location if you get off at the wrong stop. Where do you sit on the bus, and why? These seats are available from front to back:
- Near the front on the right side of the bus, next to the grizzled, toothless man with yellow skin, in a flannel shirt and mismatched hiking boots without shoelaces.
- On the left side of the bus the side facing handicap & elderly seats are both completely open.
- Left side rear of the bus there’s a seat open next to a very well dressed and extraordinarily attractive person. There’s a large suitcase in the luggage rack near him or her.
- One row back and on the right side rear of the bus, next to a heavily made up teen plugged in to her MP3 player.
Which seat do you pick, and why?
In my opinion, there is one correct answer, though there may be some considerations I didn’t think of. I’ll post my thoughts as an update to this article later this afternoon. Feel free to ping me in a comment if I forget