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The "bus trap"

Our neighbor Leah brought this up at a dinner party hosted by Keith. The "bus trap" is actually a trap for cars. Buses are the only vehicles able to drive over this thing. The purpose is to prevent traffic from using a particular section of a road, but to allow for bus transportation and emergency services to reach the neighborhood.

The contraption has two parts to it:
1) the gate on the left lane that can be opened by pressing the gate button in the emergency vehicle. The gate buttons are similar to remote control of the piercing blue lights at lighted intersections that let all drivers know to stay out of the intersection until the emergency vehicles have passed.
2) the trap. This is a hole in the ground with bars crossing it. There is a small strip of paved road left on each side of the hole. The bars are too far apart for a car or passenger truck to roll over them. The paved strips are too far apart for a car or passenger truck to straddle the hole.

Although these "bus traps" are well-signed and decorated with bright colors so a driver can see them and stop before falling in, some people still try to outdo them. Leah reports many humorous sightings of cars stuck nose down in the hole and a frustrated driver standing next to the vehicle calling on the cell phone for help.

Andrew and I thought this idea was so hilarious we had to go see one for ourselves. Here are our photos:


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Oct. 10th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
Cool. Especially the linguistic part since the buses are in fact not being trapped but the only things allowed to not be trapped. Most times that's not how compound nouns like that are formed.
Nov. 2nd, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
hahaha WOW
we hit this EXACT trap last night.... never seen one before

only make that mistake once... LOL
Mar. 22nd, 2010 04:23 am (UTC)
Damn it. That's the same one I hit two months ago! Stupid me.....
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