Bus-driver in Vancouver: “The BC government recently did a study about fraud on the bus system, and the company they hired concluded that 3% of the riders take advantage of the system. But driving this bus every day, I see that it is really 30–40%. The newspapers say that Canadians are so good but it’s not true!”
Bus driver, just before departing for Boston: Peace, love, and if no one’s said it to you today, I love you.
–34th & 8th
Overheard by: Nina
Bus driver: Hello? Can you hear me? Can you hear me? If so, you’re too close to the front. Move to the back of the bus, back of the bus…I’ll be here til 2 in the morning, I have plenty of time.
Overheard by: urbanadventurer
MTA bus driver to woman with a kid: Excuse me, you have to pay for your kid to ride this train. See the line where your hand is? If he is shorter than that line, then he doesn’t have to pay. But he is taller, and he has to pay. (woman and kid walk off bus, now he addresses passengers) But on a lighter note, happy New Year.
Overheard by: Melissa
Bus driver of crowded bus: This is Madison avenue. Get off! I mean…watch your step.
–Bus, 86th St
Overheard by: Michael
Bus driver: This is the last stop, Queens Center. If you are going shopping today, I hope you find everything you are looking for. Also, please be nice to the salespeople. It’s not easy dealing with people day after day. I should know, I’m a bus driver.
Overheard by: Jenn
Old lady: Oh the sun is out! Do you think it’s gonna rain again today?
Bus driver: Do I look like Al Roker to you? I drive a freakin’ bus!
Overheard by: Lauren
Bus driver #1: Hey, Frank!
Bus driver #2: WHAT?
Bus driver #1: Dude, stop yelling at me. I’m right next to you.
Bus driver #2: It’s my bus driver voice.
Bus driver #1: You need to learn when the right time is to use the bus driver voice.
Bus driver #2: Jeez, sorry.
–Kew Garden Rd, Queens
Overheard by: Collegiate Cutie
Bus Tour ticket lady: Where are you from?
Bus Tour ticket lady: OK, let me go get the guy that speaks French
–46th & Broadway
Overheard by: KJ
Bus driver on intercom as it starts to rain: You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are grey… C’mon, everybody!
Entire bus, singing: You’ll never know, dear, how much I love you — please don’t take my sunshine away.
Chick: I think that was the least-New York moment of my entire life.
Random guy: Yeah, you know you never know who’s walking next to you. Some of dis guys walk around with guns, some of dis guys have killed people. How do you know?
Bus driver: Yeah man, I mean you know if I ever make it to heaven and some of dis guys are up there wit me, I’m gonna be pissed!
–X1 Express Bus
Excited bus driver: Next stop, 6th Avenue! Herald Square! Vicky’s secret! Something for everyone! Get off!! Get off!
Overheard by: nora!
Bus driver: Everyone who is exceedingly good-looking move to the back of the bus!
(people giggle but still not much room in front)
Bus driver: Well, it’s good to know you’re a modest bunch, but you gotta move back or I’m not moving this bus.
–Bus, Central Park West
Overheard by: passenger
Bus driver over sound system: Dis bus is out of service! Dis bus is out of service! People in da back get up, close the fucken back window, and leave!
Bus driver over intercom: Good morning, this is a friendly reminder that the holiday shopping season now begins the day after Halloween. Make sure to allot six hours extra travel time as the city gets rather hectic at this time.
Bus driver over intercom: Come on, move back, people. There’s coffee and jelly donuts in the back of the bus.
–Crosstown Bus, 57th St
Overheard by: Flexy
Bus driver (calmly): Move to the back of the bus. I heard there is mad room in the back of the bus. Mad room. I got an e‑mail up here that says there is mad room in the back. Can someone quantify how much is “mad” for me? Mad room in the back of the bus. Mad room. Mad room!
–Crowded Q 55 Bus
Overheard by: Matt
Bus driver: This is the Q44 express going to Jamaica. We are traveling along Main Street, next stop is 41st Avenue. For those of you that don’t speak English: blah, blah, blah, blah…
Fat chick to cute friend’s blind date: So, wait, is Jean Garafolo a man or a woman?
Overheard by: Becka Dash
20-something blonde girl: Is there an English word for “quesadilla”?
Checkout lady, pausing with a container of hummus after scanning it: Lots of people buy this stuff…what is it?
Overheard by: Myrtle & Carlton
Woman entering RadioShack: Excuse me, do you have radios?
–RadioShack, 72nd & Broadway
B9 bus driver to passengers: Make a left here?
Overheard by: VeganBeauty
Bus driver, upon seeing a rainbow: Out the right side there is a beautiful rainbow.
Man in the back of the bus: Michael Jackson did that! He probably starting singing “over the rainbow” and God made one appear!
–Berry & N 7th
Overheard by: Bean