A note before I start this post: I’m never quite sure about how to treat this blog because on one hand I like showing all the cool things that the city and state have to offer culturally but, on the other hand, I don’t like skipping over important or difficult questions just because they aren’t happy and shiny (like most material geared towards tourists). I suppose you could say that I deal on both sides and so, if that’s true, this post is for those looking for the underbelly.
One thing I’ve never quite understood (aside from why people feel the need to do the above) is why buses get destroyed before, during and after soccer matches (like these Sport fans from yesterday). I’ve got so many questions…
1. How are the two actually connected, aside from the bus providing means of transport to the game?
2. Are buses destroyed, stripped and damaged for any kind of reason that reflects the bus ride, system, driver or other passengers?
3. If it’s transference (like having a bad day at work so you yell at your wife when you get home), then what is the equivalent of the ‘bad day’ for these groups?
4. Why do some strangers destroy the experience of other strangers who are simply trying to get to another location (like home or work)?
5. Why does the bus driver continue to drive if people are A) breaking the law, B) not following the bus’ rules, C) physically endangering themselves, and D) legally endangering the driver?
6. And finally, why break something that will only worsen service for your fellow citizens and yourselves, a service that the city heavily depends on…a service that you’ll likely be using the very next day?
Looking just at recent data, we see that 138 buses were damaged or destroyed just during soccer matches in March:
“In accordance with the data from the Syndicate of Passenger Transport Companies (Urbana-PE), a total of 57 buses were damaged during the Sport-Santa Cruz game, on March 12th; 32 more during a match of the same teams on March 19th; 21 more on March 23rd, during a Náutico-Santa game; and still 28 more buses damaged during the Sport-Santa Cruz match on March 26th.” ¹
During this year’s Carnival, also in March, more than 450 additional buses were also damaged ², for seemingly no reason at all. And it’s not just the buses but the metro too ³. The bigger problem with all this destruction is that those who really pay for it in the end are the passengers themselves, when the buses they rely on daily are missing in action because they’re being repaired or when the bus fares go up because the bus companies pass on the cost of so many repairs to the customer. For a good write-up on all these issues, from 2011, go here (in PT).