Post # 1
I started a new job in downtown Houston today. Because of the distance and crazy rush hour traffic I decided to use the bus. Being it was my first day using the transit system I didn’t have a metro card and had to manually feed the fare of $4.50 in the machine. As a result, it held up the line, and I felt kinda bad. Over lunch I decided to tone down my newbie status for the ride home and went to buy a metro card. As I got on the bus after work, I quickly slide my card, and plopped into the first seat available next to another young professional. I know it’s silly, but I was proud of myself for figuring out the routes and being an efficient traveler. That euphoria lasted until I turned around that I realized the bus was about 90% empty. The poor lady next to me! She was probably wondering wth was wrong with me that I decided to enthusiastically sit down next to her when the majority of the bus was empty. It made for an awkward 40 minute ride. Today, I became that odd person on the bus. *Sigh*
Post # 3
Public transpo scares me. You did better than I would have done, I’m quite sure!
Post # 4
@Goodatlove: This. I’m too wimpy to take the local commuter rail by myself (even though it would be really convenient when I need to meet Darling Husband at his work, 30 mins away)
OP, you should be proud of yourself. 🙂 Your situation sounds mildly awkward but worse things have happened.
Post # 5
@Olive12: Ha! This is hilarious! How do you like public t an sit? How long does ur commute take?
Post # 6
@Olive12: Aw its okay! I did find this humorous though!! hopefully you’ll never see her again though lol
Post # 7
I’m also too terrified on public transportation to take it. I’ve been on a bus (non school bus) once in my life and never plan to ever again.
Post # 8
@allyfally: I had to take the metro in NYC once. Never been there nor taken any public tranist before. I can say I will never never never do that again. I love my car so much now.
Post # 9
Bahaha. This made me smile 🙂 I’ve been commuting by bus in Seattle for 3.5 years and I totally remember my first day as well as my first “successful” day, and they weren’t the same day 🙂 I actually did the same thing just last week, sat next to a woman when there were tons of empty seats available. She gave me quite the side eye and I moved away. Ooo, public transit, every day is an adventure!
If Houston is anything like Seattle, you’ll see that you’re FAR from the odd person on the bus. Lots of characters.
Post # 10
@Olive12: Haha you didn’t want to move away?
Post # 11
You guys crack me up.
I hate cars. I tried to drive a car once. Ugh. Keep me away from those deathtraps. (Deathtraps when I’m behind the wheel, anyway.)
Commuter rail is my bff. Subways and buses are greener, more efficient modes of getting from point A to point B and honestly I think those and maybe occasional cabs should replace personal cars entirely within urban zones. A place like NYC, one or both of those things will get you within steps of almost anywhere in a way that’s cheaper and healthier, and you get to read! Imagine if there weren’t all the stupid congestion of individual cars, how much more quick and efficient buses and trams could be.
I did some calculations when living there and found an unlimited monthly metro pass (applies to subways and buses) to be less expensive than a car by a loooooong shot.
And I love aboveground trains so much that if I’m going to a vacation destination by train, I feel like vacation has started already once we’re moving.
I can’t imagine having to DRIVE to work. How do you get reading done? Or writing? Or handheld video games? How can you stay focused enough to safely operate a vehicle for an HOUR+ there and back (as I did on the subway) EVERY day? And parking? I’d hate my life. I never loved my hours a day on the metro, but give me public transit I don’t have to fret over or maintain or insure or operate any day.
I’m not sure what’s so scary about it… I mean, you get on… you wait… you get off. Doing a new route for the first time can be a little nervewracking, moreso with buses, but I don’t get the stigma at all. It’s an absolutely wonderful service.
OP, you’ll be a bus veteran in no time! 😀
Post # 12
@Olive12: Haha! I needed a giggle, thanks:) Cute story, and you’re doing your part for the environment by taking public transit! thumbs up!!
Post # 13
@Olive12: Sitting next to people on a mostly empty bus is kind of far down on the list of odd things prople do on the bus. I once had a guy give me a 20 minute lecture (including quiz!) on the lineage of Nefertiti’s tribe. I also had another guy explain to me that he was born with a second set of teeth (like a shark) that belonged to his twin sister who died at birth. He was really creepy and my stop could not come fast enough.
Post # 14
@Bebealways: I agree with this. I used to live in Philly, and did not own a car. I had so much time to read…it was glorious. Now I have to drive 45 minutes each way to work and it SUCKS. I hate cars. I wish we had good public transit in this stupid country.
Post # 15
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@Olive12: Lol! Glad you figured it out – Houston doesn’t really advertise its public transportation and I’ve never actually taken the bus, just the light rail. We live 5 minutes from downtown but I commute to Texas City every day…It’s awful 🙁 I’m hoping to find a job in downtown so I can just take the bus or light rail to work!
I really miss college in Seattle, where I would take the bus everywhere.
By The Way: So random I know, but we’re planning a Houston bee meet-up – http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/houston-bee-meet-up-2#axzz2LM5ilfkn
Let me know if you’re interested!
Post # 16
@Goodatlove: @iheartnerds: @allyfally: It’s actually not that bad after the first initial ride. The biggest fear I had would be that I would get on the wrong bus and end up across town. Though I would recommend hand sanitizer after you get off!
@bestbuddies: I kind of like it. It does smell a bit but it’s nice to have the 45 minutes in the morning afternoon to read or check email. It kind of frees up my time when I get home. I drive to the park and ride lot and that takes about 10-15 minutes depending on mornign traffic so overall each leg of traveling time is about an hour.
@Girasole: I wished! She seems like a regular. I saw her today. I avoided eye contact. lol
@PenelopeAnne: lol. I’m glad to see someone can relate.
@AlwaysSunny: Mine was the last stop, and the bus was in motion. I was tempted to move but considering my poor coordination I probably would have fallen flat on my face. I decided that probably would have been more embarrassing and nixed the idea.
@Bebealways: I never took the bus bc there was never a route that picked up close to my home. To take this one, I still have to drive about 15 minutes to the park and ride lot, park my car, then take the bus into downtown. Before this job, I worked in an office about 20 minutes away from my place so it didn’t make sense to drive 15 minutes to commute on a bus when 5 minutes more in a car would take me directly there. However, now that I’m on the bus, I do like it a lot. Makes me regret not living near a bus or metro line.
@peachacid: I am really digging I have the time to read! It’s glorious I can put all my library books to good use.
@Birdi: Thanks. I’m glad someone can enjoy the awkwardness that is me.
@Mrs. Wallaby: It took me forever to figure out the routes on the website. I actually had the planned a route that was about six blocks away from my building based on the info they had on the site. It wasn’t until I called in to the metro number to be certain, and the customer rep helped me figure out one that was right across the street from my office! Apparently not all the routes and lines are listed on the website. My husband is happy that for the price of parking downtown is the equivalent of bus fare. Also, I posted on the link you sent. Just send me a PM when you guys figure it out. =)