I parked at a different park & ride lot yesterday. I was proud of myself for remembering the plan in both the morning commute and evening commute.
As I pulled into the lot I had to decide where to park so I would be able to find my vehicle ever again (it is a huge lot with several entrances). I parked, took my bearings and headed to the bus shelter. Two people were inside. I leaned on the corner. I was pretty sure this was not where I was supposed to be. Each day when my bus from down in the valley comes thru here I see a long line, sometimes two lines. I often wondered, why do people line up in the West line versus the East line? It is not more obvious when you are a participant rather than an observer. I looked over and sure enough there were four people lined up. I left my leaning spot and lined up behind them. Why? I have no idea, it just seemed like the right thing to do.
By the time a bus comes there are over 20 people in line. The door opens and the line starts moving. This is not a bus that will get me to downtown. Will I be forced to board because I am next in line? My intended bus pulls in right behind. Like a well-choreographed dance every other person peels off, some straight ahead, some take a hard left to board my bus. This is all done without a single spoken word.
Speaking of lines, at my ‘normal’ park & ride, there is also a line. This line I understand. First come, first served. This is also unspoken. There are always those who arrive from the West, appear to be studying the posted bus schedule while staging themselves at the head of the line (which has grown to 15 now). Where do people learn line etiquette? Do they know that should go to the end of the line because they arrived last? Do they understand but choose to crowd to make sure they get a good seat? In typical Seattle fashion, at least one person behind them will offer them a look of disbelief with head shaking as the offender heads thru the bus door first. Unless the offender has eyes in the back of their head, this is wasted. Very occasionally someone will say something. The oft heated discussion lasts until both are seated, changing nothing.
People are fascinating.