Originally Posted by jpick
I ride the 99 B-Line sometimes.
I'm not so sure that boarding through 3 doors is going to work all that well. Quite often, they aren't running enough buses, so when the bus pulls up, the driver has to close the doors and pull away, leaving some of the people at the stop. It can get somewhat nasty sometimes. It was really bad in the winter when there was snow and everybody decided to take the bus instead of walking. There were a lot of people left waiting at the curb in miserable weather conditions.
In rush hour, they pretty much can't put anymore buses on. The service is something around 4 mins between buses. This kind of frequency, they can't really load on and off without the buses bunching up.
Winter was bad because of buses being put out of service due to mechanical failiures do to weather and Jan - March New trolleys that replaced old trolleys were recalled and needed parts to replace steering malfunction.
As for the weekends, it's pretty full for the most part depending on what time and where you're going, thou I've never had a bad enough experience that I missed a bus, it's just packed and if I ever missed one there's always a alternative bus I can go on like the 9 which travels just a little bit slower if you're going to granville which most people do.