Punctuality? Welcome to Switzerland


Last Friday we had the first snow here!
Some centimetres of course, no storm, no avalanches, no walls of ice…
The temperature outside was quite cold, as you can imagine.

Nevertheless, surprisingly and irritatingly, the usual bus to go to work arrived with a “planned” delay of 19 minutes! (See the red numbers on the photo)
19 minutes? Is this a delay or a new schedule?
When I did not see the bus arriving, I thought either that it might have been Sunday and I did not realise it, or that they cancelled the bus.
Then I checked the punctual App with the bus schedule and I discovered the 19 minutes!

Punctuality in Switzerland: mythology or reality?

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Where the hell is my bus going?

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Last Tuesday, as usual, I took the bus 354 to go to work: just 7 minutes and 4 stops from home to the office.
So, why this post? Just to tell you about my morning bus ride to the office? It is not necessarily so amazing, isn’t it?

OK, let’s make it a little more exciting.
After the third stop, in Tiefenwaag, the bus should turn right and drive a 80 km/h road up to my office stop: Murzlen.

Guess what! The woman driver, after Tiefenwaag, turned left instead! And she was driving towards another totally unexpected direction.
I immediately thought: am I in some kind of movie like “Speed” or “The taking of Pelham 1 2 3”?
Of course in Switzerland not! I stood up and on the unstable catwalk of the bus floor, I run to the driver and asked her what was going on.
She just candidly replied: “Sorry, I was used to take this way, because normally I drive this route with another bus line! I will U-turn at the next roundabout and go back”.

Then I could just astonishingly go back to my seat, waiting for the driver’s blow of fate to go back to my…office bus stop.
This Confederation is very strange: the only country where the bus schedules are precise like chemical formulas, but the drivers are sometimes reliable like… you choose what!

Timetable

A990.CLOCK.16SBB_C Picture from www.mondaine.com

In Switzerland I always have the impression to be overwhelmed by the time! Or at least more than anywhere else.

There is a timetable for everything, and everyone knows by heart the useful schedule: trains, buses, shops being among the most common. In the village where I live with my family you need to rely on these schedules…

Aaah!
How nice it would be living in a big city (again), where you just know that there will be a tram soon! And not just the 7:24 or 7:54 buses and then “the nothing”!!

Aaah!
How nice it would be living in a big city (again), where you would have shops opening at normal times and until quite late in the night! And not shops opening half an hour earlier than usual on Saturdays (yes, earlier!), when you should be supposed to sleep at least half an hour more than on the weekdays!!

Even Switzerland… (5) – The solution!

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This is probably the end of my post saga “Even Switzerland…”.
After the famous bus stop was mortified and injured many times by nocturnal vandals…
Finally the bus stop booth is heroically illuminated by very strong and bright lights. This will prevent for sure any “dark” business in the surroundings.
Well done: Solution of the problem and prevention of possible further damages!

In case you missed the previous posts on this theme, you can wrap-up following the links below:
https://geoch1.wordpress.com/2016/06/10/even-switzerland-4-the-fourth-element/
https://geoch1.wordpress.com/2016/06/03/even-switzerland-3/
https://geoch1.wordpress.com/2015/10/24/even-switzerland-2/
https://geoch1.wordpress.com/2015/10/22/even-switzerland/

Even Switzerland… (4) – The fourth element

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The saga of the poor bus stop unfortunately goes on.

After having seen air, water and earth… the fourth “classical” element could not be missing: fire! (See the burnt “ad” poster on the window glass of the bus stop booth).

But unfortunately here we are not in some mythological saga, or on Mount Olympus or in the Hyperuranion! Where the elements would have probably the right to unleash themselves… This is just a nearly 5’000 inhabitant countryside village of the hyper technological and super advanced Confederatio Helvetica!

If you are really interested in the previous posts of this contemporary “epic drama”, please have a look at my previous posts:
https://geoch1.wordpress.com/2016/06/03/even-switzerland-3/
https://geoch1.wordpress.com/2015/10/24/even-switzerland-2/
https://geoch1.wordpress.com/2015/10/22/even-switzerland/

Timely… late!

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In Switzerland the so-called “Post buses” (the yellow buses) are kind of a national institution!
And, as all the other kinds of institutions in the Confederation, they are part of the Swiss pride.
There is a nice App to know all the possible timetables and live schedule changes of these buses. Nowadays this is comon for every public mean of transportation.

Last week I was waiting for my usual post bus No. 354 at 7:54 in the morning to go to the office, from the remote village of Ehrendingen to the more remote village of Niederweningen, crossing the “border” between canton Argovia and canton Zurich… An amazing trip in the fields which is normally taking 6 minutes.
1 minute after the scheduled time… no bus was arriving
2 minutes after the scheduled time… nothing
3 minutes after the scheduled time… nothing


Then I thought: let’s check the wonderful “post bus” App!
The result was astonishing: For a 6 minutes’ trip, a (very well) announced delay of 7 minutes was displayed on my App!

Confederate trains and buses are always on time?
Ehm… actually not!

But the delay is so precise as nowhere else!

Even Switzerland… (2)

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…can be dirtier!
Surprisingly when I had to go to work yesterday the same bus stop shelter was even filthier than the day before.

I think the same “Warriors” were again active in the night.
Strange Switzerland…the most countryside corner can sometimes look like the most typical underground of a big city!