I love riding the bus!
Come on California,
where are you guys? Why are you up there on that busy busy byway?
Your public transportation here is so freaking awesome.
I know many here don’t think so but from what I can gather it’s because they either are not using it or are only comparing it to the very best of the best like the biggest urban spots.
I have traveled hither and yon, to and fro and used lots and lots of public transport all across the US and in several other countries.
The experience pic’d here is about my 20th time taking a bus or train here in S California over the last couple of weeks. And that doesn’t even count the several times I’ve used it in other parts of California in the past.
These photos were taken at about 8:30am on a Friday and I’m rollin’ the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway). Look how empty the bus is! Yet the highways are packed, the smog is thick (not as much here as in LA itself but still). Few locals (actually none I’ve spoken with) have anything positive to say about their local transit.
The bus stops are well marked with lots of info including the entire route and a number to call or website to go to with any questions. They run frequently and have yet to be more than a couple of minutes off schedule. They are clean and comfortable.
Maybe those who are critical should try to catch a bus in Havelock, NC.
Oh, that’s right you can’t!
They don’t HAVE ANY! Those who can’t afford a car there are stuck walking or taking a cab. Seriously, it’s the truth. I know. I was there and couldn’t believe it either.
Public transit is CHEAPER (this ride was just $2) and it’s GREENER (if we use it!)
Often it is struggling financially because people are just not taking advantage of it. If you think driving is safer, statistically you’re, I’m sorry to say, just wrong. According to the National Safety Council, 170 times safer.
How many of us have never, ever been in an automobile accident? They are common, expensive, dangerous and often leave life long souvenirs like chronic pain.
Do you see “scary characters” sometimes. Sure. If you are used to only being in your own neighborhood, work environment and favorite stores etc you are probably not as used to the varied faces of those less financially fortunate. But just being smart, mindful and courteous is usually all you need to stay out of trouble. Just be nice, mind your manners, and you’ll much more likely than not, be just fine.
It might take longer some times but on a bus you can sit back, read, look out the window… No stop start-bumper to bumper-gridlock-stressful mania!
Just some food for thought.
Take the bus and you may just make a new friend. At the very least you’ll be helping the environment and the system. There are an awful lot of very hard working people out there who do not have the luxury of choosing.