Sharing the Road, One Bus Stop at a Time

May 9, 2006 -- 4:23 PM CDT

 

JONESBORO, AR -- The Jonesboro Economical Transit System (J.E.T.S.) started its trial bus route May 4, and officials want the public to be patient when the buses make their stops.

 

"When we stop...we do cause some inconvenience for the general public, that we would like for them to understand, why they're experiencing the difficulty that they might be going through," said Major Watts, J.E.T.S. Bus Pilot.     

 

Bus drivers have complained that drivers are following the buses too closely, giving bus drivers dirty looks and some have made obscene gestures.

 

"Also they might go around us a little more rapid than would be considered to be safe," said W atts  

 

Bill Flannery, J.E.T.S. Senior Transit Captain, said that being safe is key when dealing with transportation.

 

"Any bus stop we come to, we ask the drivers to put their flashers on half a block ahead, just to make the other drivers aware," said Flannery. 

 

Unlike school buses, it's legal for motorists to go around transit buses, as long as it's done safely.

 

"Even though we might cause them to experience some delay in their travel, hopefully it would be less than one minute," said W atts.  

 

The average bus stop takes about 30 to 60 seconds, and Flannery wants motorists to be tolerate. 

 

"Be patient with us...and just give us a little time, to where we can help the citizens.    That's what we're here for," said Flannery.

 

He also wants the public to perceive the transit system in a positive way.

 

"We're all glad to be here," he said.  "We just want to serve the J onesboro area the best we can."    

 That's what they're trying to do‚Ķone bus stop at a time.