I arrived at the stop at Williamsburg and University next to the fire station at 8:29, six minutes before the scheduled arrival time of 8:35. I've heard from friends who are regular Ride On patrons that routes 8 and 19 often run early, so I arrived a few minutes beforehand in anticipation of this. I sat down at the stop and checked the Transit app on my phone to see if the bus was close by. The app originally said the 19 would arrive in 5 minutes, and the icon on the map showed the bus at Dennis and University. It appeared that the bus would show up on time.
Around 8:40, I began to get suspicious. It had been 10 minutes, and the app kept refreshing the time to say that the bus was 2 or 3 minutes away, and the bus icon on the map hadn't moved from University and Dennis. My only guess as to the cause was that the bus was delayed in traffic approaching the intersection. At 8:45, a C4 scheduled to arrive after the 19 passed by the stop, meaning the 19 couldn't have been stuck in traffic west of Four Corners, or it would have arrived before the C4. Around this time, the bus icon on the map mysteriously disappeared and the "minutes until arrival" showed null, as if the bus had already passed... but it hadn't.
|The 19 seen on University Boulevard last summer. Photo by the author.|