A: TriMet says this isn't a simple "yes" or "no" question.
a rule of thumb," said TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch, "we expect
operators to access facilities at the ends of the line when possible.
However, from time to time for health and comfort reasons, an operator
may need to stop mid-route."
So, it's allowed, but only in
certain circumstances. An emergency restroom stop is copacetic. (Drivers
tell me budget cuts and increasingly demanding schedules are making
regular bathroom breaks harder to come by.) Let's say a driver is
diabetic and needs food. Also cool.
But running into a post office to mail package? No can do.
"We would want the operator to turn off their bus," Fetsch said, "and let their passengers know the reason for the delay."
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