Why, you ask?
I read the new rules, courtesy of Al M.
One of the rules was that you may no longer talk to operators.
What the hale, TriMet? What the hale?
Here's my thinking.
All the good operators, all the ones people praise, is because they TALK to people. I never would have made that article about John Hively or have had my life changed by him if that rule was in effect a year ago. You know what this means?
If you can't talk to bus drivers, they can't be "good" bus drivers. You can't compliment them. In fact, people can and will now jump them for the things they used to praise them. Thereby demonizing drivers far more. :/
And another thing- I've never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever seen a driver drive bad because he was talking. What a total misconception on TriMet's part.
This rule is nothing but horrible, and it must be taken down. Who's with me?