The Philadelphia public transit bus drivers can be a real pain. Bicycling to and from school everyday provides many encounters with these automotive behemoths. I even share my daily commute to school with the No. 33 bus route. Besides the honking and aggressive maneuvers, the No. 33 offers a special, unintended affordance for me.
As I depart from my apartment in the mornings, I start going south on 19th from Fairmount. Around 8:30 there is a lot of commuter traffic that congests my ride. Since this is also a bus route, there is an occasional bus stop with people waiting to board the bus. When the traffic gets bottled up by the No. 33 because it is constantly stopping, I just have to hop onto the sidewalk for one block (very controversial I know) and the road is mine! Now I have passed the bus, which is conveniently keeping traffic away from my commute.
Thanks for holding up traffic No. 33. I wish your SEPTA brethren were as unintentionally accommodating as you are.