The Geneva Public Transportation system (TPG) is really great. Stations are well marked, connections are (usually) easy, big stations tell you how long until the next bus/tram is coming, price is reasonable, buses are clean, they have a great website which is also tailored for mobile devices, etc. There is a lot to like about the TPG.

But, there are some chinks in the armor. My biggest peeve is: why do the drivers drive like they are Michael Schumacher? They always pull away from the bus stop like they’re being chased by the police. They hardly brake when coming to the regular procession of traffic circles. But, they do brake – quite suddenly and hard – when approaching a stop. They regularly will close the door on people who are obviously trying to get on. One time, the bus didn’t even come to a complete halt and the person wanting to get on reached out to press the “open door” button, but the driver had already pulled away. About ten people on the bus (and the guy outside) yelled for him to stop, and he hesitated for a second and then continued.

I love to ride the bus or tram, but it becomes very unpleasant when I’m being flung about inside because the driver is trying to take the checkered flag.

Maybe the schedule is too tight and they have to rush.

Maybe.

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