I admit I'm no city planner. If I were in charge, I wouldn't know the first thing about making the trains run on time. However, I suspect that I have an idea how bus routes are supposed to work. One would imagine that these buses should take major roads. Smaller buses for smaller routes (like Tenleytown's N8 and M4) can take the back roads. All other buses should stick mostly to roads that are named after letters, numbers, or states.
So the H3 completely baffles me. I've been traveling a bit to and from Mount Pleasant and this bus is an absolute disaster. Why is a major bus going down small roads like Veazey Street? This road is in the middle of a residential neighborhood with street parking. In other words, there's really only one lane available for driving. Every time the bus reaches opposing traffic, we have to wait for the driver of the other car to book it in reverse and get out of our way. This takes forever when we hit more than one car. It costs both the bus and the passenger valuable time.
I have never seen a person board the bus on Veazey or get off on Veazey. The H4 covers the same general area but takes Wisconsin Avenue. Doesn't that make more sense? I mean, four lanes of traffic is more suitable for a bus. It's not rocket science.
I'm sure there are a few bus routes that are as senseless as the H3 that I don't ride and therefore don't know about. I'd love to hear about them in the comments.