LRT and other misconceptions

10 facts that people think are true but are actually false!

There are lots of things people believe to be true about Lothian Buses that we hear everyday. 

So, to make sure everyone is up to date - here are some of the common misconceptions people have about us and the actual facts.

  1. We are responsible for bus stops in Edinburgh
    Airlines don’t own airports, train companies don’t own stations and Lothian Buses don’t own bus shelters - we just use them.  They are the property of the City of Edinburgh Council.
     
  2. We are called LRT
    We get lots of different names, some of them are not always complimentary but just so you know... In 1975 Edinburgh Corporation Transport was renamed Lothian Region Transport. In 2000 LRT became LOTHIAN BUSES.
     
  3. Buses don't get stuck in traffic
    If there is extra traffic on the roads and everyone is stuck, we will be too.  We do all we can to keep everyone moving, and informed. We even put on extra buses where we can but we can't fly!  Check our app for real time information.
     
  4. Bus trackers belong to Lothian Buses
    As with bus stops we provide the information shown on bus tracker signs at stops but we don't maintain them.  They are also the property of City of Edinburgh Council.
     
  5. Bus drivers aren't human. 
    Our drivers are just like you and me.  They need to go to the toilet, they need to eat and sometimes miss what you say.  Take off your headphones when you get on the bus, give them a smile, and say hello it may just brighten up their day... and yours.
     
  6. Buses sit at bus stops just to annoy you. 
    Our services have to keep to their timetable – if they stop for a few minutes at a bus stop it’s probably to prevent someone further down missing the bus.
     
  7. If you leave something on the bus, you'll never see it again.
    Hundreds of items are left behind on our buses every week.  Around 75% of these are claimed from our lost property office in Hanover Street.
     
  8. Wifi on our buses doesn't work
    Over 50,000 people surf the web, email, tweet and stream videos on our buses every week.
     
  9. Travelling by bus is harmful for the environment
    Quite to the contrary, our new Euro 6 buses reduce harmful emissions by up to 99% and on average per passenger, buses produce half the CO2 emissions compared to a car.
     
  10. All bus drivers wear white socks
    Much to common misconception most of the drivers we see around the depots don't!

Posted on: Wed, December 21, 2016 at 7:28
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