Korean bus drivers are where it’s at.
I’m pretty sure they’re in as much, if not more, of a rush to get to their destination than you are. I suspect they get payed by the lap. I’ve seen a bus trailing another bus, probably waiting for an opportunity to overtake the guy and beat is best-lap time.
I’ve seen buses go through red lights on multiple occasions. At first I was shocked because, you know, it’s a red light and all, but then I realized I’d get home/work like 2 to 3 minutes earlier, so I was all for it. They also do stop-and-goes at bus stops. It’s a bit startling at first, but if there’s no one at your bus stop and you’re the only one getting out, they stop, the door swings open, and you better haul yourself out of there because he’s not hanging around and waiting for you to take your time.
When they go by bus stops, unless you signal for them to come, they’ll just blow past. There’s none of this stopping at the stop to see if anyone wants to hop on. That would slow him down and he’s working on beating his best lap time.
Once, while waiting for my bus, I saw the bus not only run a red light, but almost run over a little group of 5 or 6 school kids crossing the road. I swear, he stopped like 3 meters from them in the middle of an intersection. The best part was that the kids weren’t startled. They kept going on their merry way, laughing and joking.
Oh, and buses are packed here. My bus stop to go to school is the last before a highschool, so when the people at my stop get on the bus, we fill it up. I’m not talking North America filled up. I’m talking sardines-packed. I feel a bit bad because I take up room for two Koreans, but that’s life. I’m getting on that bus whether you like it or not. I’ve got some kids to teach.