I made perfect connections this morning! I was stoked! After boarding the Metro #5 to cover a few quick blocks to downtown I then transferred to the next #545 coming down the street. To make matters even more awesome, another #545 had just come by running late. So when I boarded this bus I was the first rider of the route.
This is when the rock star maneuvering of empowered drivers took effect. We were bunched so closely with the leading #545, it was picking up customers that would normally have been riding this bus. The driver decided proactively to circumvent the twisted street up off of Olive way and instead head to Montlake. This would serve two purposes, relieve some of the packing on the first bus, and enable a reasonable pickup for this bus.
The idea worked beautifully! My commute was looking to be a record 19 minutes flat on the #545. I’m impressed. TriMet, eat your heart out on that maneuverability!