I think I figured out why so very little people take public transportation in this country, even when it is available. It’s just a big huge pain in the butt, this is why.
Who in their right mind would give up the convenience of their car in exchange for a public vehicle which is notoriously behind schedule (or early, which is even more annoying! Bus driver, you have to freakin’ wait at the bus station, if you’re early) and operated by someone who obviously won his license in the lottery and is constantly switching between stepping on the gas and slamming on the brakes. No, I have not puked today. And I wasn’t planning on it, thankyouverymuch.
Admittedly, I am exaggerating. Although the bus driver who drove me home a couple of days ago was a little wacko and another time I missed the bus (or rather the bus “missed” me), because it was ahead of schedule and didn’t bother to wait at the bus station until the scheduled time.
I’ve been really trying to take public transportation more in the last few weeks months and – as I mentioned before – with a $10 semester ticket obtainable through the university, it’s a pretty sweet deal. I think, as a European, I am more used and willing to accommodate myself to the bus schedule, rather than expecting the bus schedule to accommodate my needs. I do however see (albeit not quite understand) why so many refuse to take public transportation, unless they absolutely have to.
It’s inconvenient and sometimes unreliable and for many people that is reason enough. Oh, and of course the stigma… oh, the stigma… because only poor people take public transportation, right? WRONG.
But rumors are tenacious.
And on top of that, instead of improving connections and expanding the schedule, the cities are cutting back on bus routes and frequency. How the heck do they expect to attain more customers?
Oh right, they don’t expect that. Like, at all.