I remember once, all I had on my Student MetroCard was a transfer, so I had to take a bus that would give me a one-seat ride to my neighborhood. I ran up from to Broadway/Cary Avenue and saw an S94 pulling into the bus stop. I ran across the street, but after everybody else got off, the bus driver just closed the door, even though I ran up to the bus and hit the door as he was pulling out. I was seriously comtemplating running 0.4 miles to the next limited stop (Clove Road), but figured I wouldn't make it.
So I decided to use my backup plan: The S96, but I ran up to Castleton Avenue and saw that pulling out as well.