The fare-paying app is needed since the Red Line will be run like a trolley, and you will spend either at the station or through app. The buses are not going to cease extended adequate for folks to queue up at the door and fish by means of their pockets for transform riders will be kept truthful by random fare checks on the moving buses.
Wednesday I rolled downtown to the central bus terminal to get lunch at the City Industry. Right after a pulled pork sandwich from Gomez BBQ, I walked back to the depot to catch a northbound Red Line bus to the Statehouse station so I could stroll more than to the State Museum a handful of blocks west.
Arriving at the depot, I found an unintended consequence of the way the Red Line is structured. The drivers have strict guidelines to only let passengers on and off at the stations. The northbound bus was just pulling away as I arrived at the terminal…and got caught at a red light suitable there at Washington Street. This resulted in the bus possessing pulled possibly a dozen feet forward, but the driver wasn’t permitted to let me board although we shrugged at each and every other more than the awkward minute or so till he got his green light.
No true biggie, since the subsequent bus was only ten minutes behind.
I spent an enjoyable hour roaming the State Museum and then hopped the Red Line house at about 3, just before website traffic began up.