My second trip was murder.
I already had a feeling of foreboding as the next bus visibly stopped a few meters before the designated hybrid bus stop - at a designated jeepney stop actually- and picked up a fair amount of passengers before deigning to stop at the designated hybrid stop.
When I got in, it was very crowded: a party of two was seated, squished beside each other in the single front seat. In a few minutes, it got so full out front that the driver used the exit doors to load passengers, and even had the exit doors open, full of passengers, as we were moving. The same thing happened to the doors for entry.
|I am a sardine|
Above, you will see that the conductor has the door open in a no loading zone, what you will not see is that the bus is moving, albeit slowly. Also to the picture's right is the shadow of a lady who chose to squeeze, standing between the front seat (already shared by two people) and the barrier to the doors.
During rush hours, Green Frog seems to be no better than those unairconditioned provincial buses, albeit much cooler.
I understand that people were desperate to go home, but people were squeezing themselves into places they ought not to fit.
Directly below is a screenshot from inquirer about the Green Frog Ideal:
With regards to commuter behavior, it is obvious that Green Frog commuters have yet to reach the standards espoused by its founder. But, in the same vein, neither did the Green Frog employees: the bus driver should not have stopped outside its designated stops, and the conductor should not have allowed riders to enter through the exit doors.
In the same thread, I do wonder if Green Frog has a maximum number of passengers allowed on a given bus?
I do not think I will be buying a tap card anytime soon, since it seems like there are few benefits, emissions aside, to riding a Green Frog Bus. I hope I do not have to ride in the area anytime soon.