Yo! Back door!

I would imagine that most people, especially those taking public transit often, or even every day, would know by now how SEPTA buses work. Even those ignorant or taking a bus for the first time should be able to read.

There is a bold sign above the rear door that’s rather hard to miss, as it’s usually eye level to someone waiting to exit the bus. This sign reads something like “wait for lights, doors open when bus stops”. Sometimes the opening is not immediate, and the lights linger for a few seconds before the doors actually open.

However, in the morning on my way to work, at each bus stop, someone feels the need to scream “Yo! Back door!” at the driver, sometimes even before the bus has come to a complete stop. Occasionally someone will also bang on the doors, attempting to push them open, also while yelling at the driver. Why, even the other day, I had a gentleman proclaim “back door!” for me!

Ordinarily I am not a patient person, but I’ve learned the way the buses work. I can wait the four seconds between the lights going on and the rear doors opening.

And, in the event that the driver didn’t realize I requested a stop (as often happens when the bus aisle is crowded and the view of the doors are blocked), I just exit the bus at the next stop. It’s never killed me to walk that extra block!

2 Comments so far

  1. Chris (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 3:04 pm


    I totally understand where you are coming from but having used to ride Septa on my way home from school and having to transfer to another bus we would almost always have to yell for the driver to open the back door because a lot of the time we were running to catch the other bus because the first bus was late or the other bus was early. There was more than one time where the bus driver failed to open the door and we saw our connecting bus in sight only to miss it because the dufus transporting us didn’t realize we were trying to get off. And if we missed our connecting bus we had to wait an hour until the next one came by, sometimes in the rain, snow or bitter cold. Sooo… I can see where the back door screamers are coming from as well.

  2. Jeff (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 5:33 pm

    oh! my friends and I had a good laugh with the trolley system. In order for the back doors to open- you have to step down to the bottom step in the doorway, and since half of us are from out of state, we didn’t have any idea- when one of our native friends pushed someone else into the doorway and the door popped open we figured it out!

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