Clockwork Buses

High-Tech Bus Station

I took the regional inter-city bus for the first time yesterday and it literally blew my mind. In all my travels, I don’t think I’ve ever come across such a technologically advanced and highly organised bus station.

I exited Schiphol Airport to take a bus to Aalsmeer and there was actually a departures screen for the buses, indicating the bus number, the destination, and the departure time. Yes, you read that correctly, a departure screen for BUSES!!! I’m still getting over it…

And these are not long-distance, international, or Eurolines/Greyhound type buses I’m talking about here. These are just the regular city buses that go between neighbouring towns and where you buy your ticket from the driver.

This is a bus station, not an airport!

They even have “platforms” for the buses, kind of like a train station, with certain bus numbers corresponding to certain platforms. There is a separate screen at the entrance that indicates which designated bus stop each line number operates from (e.g. bus 198 leaves from platform B8).

Precisely 08:34:05

 

 

 

But the best part about it is that the current time (indicated on every screen on every bus platform) is specified to the second. I’m not fucking kidding. I even took this photo (at 8:34:05) just to prove it. And I can confirm that my bus arrived exactly 42 seconds early.

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About Home Strange Home

I first left the US in 1999, when I was 18 years old. Since then, I’ve spent 13 years living abroad - 3 in Canada, 7 in Europe, and 3 in Africa. Now I've finally returned to the US on a one-way plane ticket. I arrived home in late January 2014 and set foot in the US for the first time in nearly 2.5 years. In Home Strange Home, I blog about the ups and downs of my re-acculturation experience.
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