Turns out this stop (SW 5th and Broadway, to be exact) is open. The driver, however, said, "No, but..." -- and proceeded to tell me about stuff that's near the stop I've asked about, but not telling me if my regular (for now) bus stop is still open. Because, I guess, he thought I'd asked "Is the 5th Steet stop closed?" or "Has the mall construction started?" or some other permutation/variation on my actual question, I don't know.
We finally were within about six blocks of the stop that I was (yes!) able to take, moving slowly through traffic and construction, and the driver of the car in front of the bus took longer than needed to start moving forward. The bus driver grumbled towards that driver, "Oh, no, you're not breaking down right there."
"No," I said, because I was annoyed, "he's just doing that to annoy you."
Me, peeved. Strange sight. Beware of it.