May 15, right after work, the sun shone, folks came out in droves and a gentle breeze wafted through the trees in Chapman and Lownsdale Squares on each side of SW Main, bordered on the west by SW 4th and the east by SW 3rd. Glittering in shafts of sunlight like golden disks attached to invisible cords, tiny leaves fluttered to the sidewalks and green grass.
People waiting for the bus in Portland get help from informative signs and labels. SW 4th heads north with alternating bus stops grouped as X, Y and Z. See the white sign on the right that points the way towards each one? Then there's the blue and white sign at this stop on the corner of SW 4th Avenue and Main, an X, that lists each bus that stops there. The sign in the plastic-covered rectangle shows a map of SW 4th and the corners where each of the X, Y, and Z stops is located, as well as the A, B, and C stops on SW 3rd Avenue. Finally you've got the lighted sign above the bus windshield which announces the bus route number and either the most prominent street or road on the route or the transit center at the end of the route, words that help the rider make the correct choice before boarding the bus.
SW 4th & Main in Portland going north, Stop ID 12767
17-NW 21st Ave/St Helens Rd
94-Sherwood/Pacific Hwy Express
Stop is on the near side of the intersection
Bench near stop
Sidewalk near stop
When I first walked up to the stop after disembarking at SW 2nd and Main, from the bus that brought me over the Willamette, commuters waited in large number.
Increments of time passed and people boarded each bus that stopped, leaving fewer on the sidewalk.
About 15 minutes, only a few were left waiting, like me. When the 17 came, I got on happily only to find that, while it was a newer-style bus, the air conditioning did not work and the slender slivers of windows that opened did little to alleviate the aggravating warmth in close quarters. When the driver explained that another 17 was right behind him and it's A/C worked, I got off at the next X stop and changed to that 17, bound for home Trader Joe's and home.