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I think the idea is worry about walking before running. And its much safer to get the basics down in the yard instead of out on the road with other traffic.
I still like my idea for training new Operators which is almost exactly what the airlines do:New Operators start on the short neighborhood routes driving smaller vehicles.Experienced Operators then move on to more complex, busier routes and larger buses. A route like the 12, 33, 57 or 72 would command the most experienced Operators (and also receive the highest pay); while new Operators would get their feet wet driving routes like the 22, 23, 37, 39, 46, 50, 53, 85, 87, 152, 154, 155, or 156. These are nice, short, easy runs with few busy roads and low traffic; plus ridership commands smaller vehicles (cutaways and 30' buses). Give them time to just deal with the bus and good passengers first.Once they master that, then move the Operators onto routes with busy streets (like the 52, 62, 67) and the express and rush hour only runs, and then the mainline routes (4, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 20, 33, 44, 54, 56, 57, 58, 72) should be the most experienced Operators (and thus the highest pay and most hours).
You should send that to Harry Saporta Erik!\That makes the most sense after all!
I don't think the union would agree to the idea of forcing the operators with the most loyalty to do the worst routes.
Ah yes the union, always in the way of improvements!
well the union can do good things to! And i would imagine the senior operators would not like being put on the worst routes either. i knew one who would've hated that. And a few others come to mind who would not like that either
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