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Belated Friday fun poll: where do you like to sit on the SeaBus?

(Yarrgh — I didn’t realize this got stuck in the backend last Friday! Anyway, here is the belated Friday fun poll from last week.)

Last week, I asked if you stood up early on the bus when you got close to your stop, if you happened to be in a seat in a full bus.

With 97 votes counted, the result is a blowout in favour of standing up ahead of time — 78 per cent said they get out of their seat and head into the aisle early, so they are all set to get off the bus. The remaining 22 per cent say they stay seated and wait for the bus to get to the stop before making their way off the bus.

I’m obviously not a good predictor of these polls — I thought we’d have a much more even showing between the two sides. Personally, I’m with the minority for this one, as I don’t like shoving into people and making their transit experience uncomfortable while we’re in transit—plus I always feel like everyone on the bus will help keep the doors open if I’m struggling to get to the exit.

LisaB was also on the sitters on this one, as she explained in the comments:

Dude, I deal with this EVERY day – the people who stand up (in a crowded bus where there is no room for them to stand up) and make a commotion to get to the door blocks (and minutes) ahead of their stop. If they would just wait – since 70% of the people on the bus are getting off at the stop, there would be no need to push and shove and disrupt all the sardined people! Just relax and wait!

And Dan said that it really depended on many factors: whether you were on an express or local service, how full the bus is, where your stop is, and more. He wrote:

This really does take some thought and practice when you’re in the moment, though. Interacting with people in cities can sometimes be quite a chore — likening it to a logic puzzle is bang-on. Who needs Sudoku when you’re trying to calculate whether to give-up your seat, get-up before your stop, board through the front door of the B-Line to beat the rear-door crowds, get-off an express one stop early to do a running transfer to a local so you can save 5 minutes of walking, etc.?


New poll time! This one is a request from Eugene.

We settled on just two choices since there are so many possible places to sit on the SeaBus. But feel free to share in the comments if you have some specific SeaBus seats you like to sit in!


  • By Cow, March 9, 2009 @ 10:23 am

    I almost hesitate to post this, since it feels like a SeaBus secret, but my favourite seat is up front, but the seats backed against the front row of front-facing seats (the third row of seats, if you think of it that way), and all the way to the end of the row. Everyone rushes the front-facing seats, ignoring the back-facing ones, so it’s easy to get, and if you turn and sit sideways you can both look to the front and off to the side without getting in anyone’s way (since you’re at the end of the row and there’s extra space for gathering for the exit doors).

    Plus, there’s no urge to rush the doors when you’re approaching the other side; once the SeaBus docks and the doors open, you just stand up and you’ve already got a place right near the front of the line.

  • By Cow, March 9, 2009 @ 10:25 am

    This is unrelated, but since I just posted a related one… It would be nice if the blog software had some way of confirming a comment. As it is now, it just goes back to the post, like nothing ever happened. I understand that comments are moderated; but it would be nice if it put a line somewhere that said something like, “Thank you for your comment! Comments on this blog are moderated, and your comment is received but waiting on approval.”

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, March 9, 2009 @ 11:12 am

    Hey Cow, thanks for the note. Actually, comments aren’t moderated before going up on the blog — when you post a comment, it should just appear after you submit it. However, I do know there can be a delay between hitting “Add your comment” and seeing the comment on the blog — and I think that’s something to do with the server taking its time to process your comment. I’ll let the web team know about this though, as there really shouldn’t be a super long delay to get your comments on a post.

  • By ;-), March 9, 2009 @ 12:35 pm

    Another thing about waiting to the end….
    -if there are mobility challenged people, they will further slow you down when you try to exit and make you miss a connection.
    -on Skytrain, BLines and frequently on the articulated buses, if you don’t get up and join the pack exiting early, you will face an ocean of people rushing in those doors for empty seats and be forced to get off at the following stop. It’s even more complicated with the newer “low-floor” buses and wider Skytrain doors. As I mentioned earlier, many now just use these wider areas to stand to chat and block the path of those trying to exit.

  • By Shane, March 9, 2009 @ 4:35 pm

    Regardless of which direction I am going, I like to sit facing downtown. I love the skyline.

  • By Eugene Wong, March 10, 2009 @ 1:48 pm

    I prefer to sit at the back, facing backwards. I feel that there are less people in the back half. I wish that there was more room to stand.

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