Should You Line Up at the Bus Stop?

Text: UM Reporter Ginnie Liang, Trainee UM Reporter Jessica Yang
Photo: UM Reporter Ginnie Liang
ISSUE68 April2017 MyUM

Every day at the No 71 bus stop in Praca Ferrira Amaral, you can see UM students and staff forming an orderly line for the bus. But it is a completely different picture at the University South stop and the Administrative Building stop, the two busiest bus stops on the UM campus. At these bus stops, it is very common for latecomers to get on the bus first. Many people we interviewed said that they actually want to observe order at the bus stop but often don’t know where to line up because of the lack of signs. So how can we improve the situation? Let’s hear the suggestions of some UM students and staff.

  

Delineating Different Waiting Areas

‘To improve the situation, I think the bus company can consider delineating different waiting areas for different buses to let passengers know where to line up,’ says Ng Ka I, a first-year student from the Faculty of Law, who often needs to wait for buses at the University South stop. ‘Maybe they can also erect a barricade and a gate where the bus stops, to ensure that people get on the bus in an orderly manner. Or perhaps they can paint some signs on the ground to guide people. ’

Ng Ka I often waits for buses
at the University South stop

The Administrative Building stop is another busy bus stop on campus. Ng believes that many UM members are willing to line up at the bus stop but often don’t know how because there are no clearly marked waiting area and no signs. ‘Actually the majority of UM students and staff are very good. Only a few lack the awareness, so it’s necessary to remind them with some signs.’

The ‘Please queue up here’ sign on the ground
at the No 71 bus stop in Praca Ferrira Amaral

Using Barricade and Signs

Dean of Students Paul Pang normally takes bus route 71 or 73. He is satisfied with the number and location of bus stops on campus. ‘The problem of not lining up for buses is not restricted to UM. It’s a universal problem in Macao,’ he says. ‘Macao has a high population density and relatively few roads. Every bus stop serves many different bus routes. These and various other unforeseeable factors mean that crowdedness and lack of order during rush hours are inevitable.’

Dean of Students Paul Pang

As for how to improve the situation, Pang has three suggestions. ‘First, I think the bus company can erect some barricade and paint signs on the ground,’ he says. ‘Second, bus drivers should make sure to stop the bus at the correct location to prevent latecomers from getting on the bus first. Third, try to avoid rush hours if possible.’