Thursday, May 31, 2012

DaBus experiment

So I didn't drive to work yesterday.

I caught the bus.  (Or for da locals: I caught bus.)

There's a few reasons why I did it.  AND NO, my car wasn't broken.

1. Gas - Gas has been going up, up, up, down a little, then up some more and I have been wondering for a while, how high will the price of gas have to go before I start riding the bus? or before I would consider riding the bus? or before I would HAVE TO ride the bus? (It's getting there.)

2. Rail - I don't want it.  SORRY for those of you who do, but I do not.  I feel that it's too expensive, for one.  For two, (haha...who says for two? anyway...) I think using/improving the bus system is a cheaper & better alternative.  I know, people say, "You want to add buses to the traffic? It'll get worse." My thing is if people...we ride bus, our cars will not be taking up space on the road, therefore alleviating some of the congestion.  And FOR 3, I rode the bus because how can I tell/ask someone to do something if I'm not willing to do it myself?  So there you go.  (There's more about this, but I'll just cut it off here.  If you wanna talk w/ me about this transit issue, great.  Let's do it.)

3. Get a feel for my community - I've lived in Hawaii all my life.  I love this place.  But to be honest, I don't feel like I know the people who live here...or I don't know them as well as I'd like to.  I know I can't know ALL THE PEOPLE.  But what I'm trying to say is I guess I feel a sense.  (When you drive, it's just you, the road, and all the other cars slowing you down.  I'm kidding.  I don't think like that.) Of course I know some people.  I know you.  Probably.  There's a...86% chance I know you if you're reading my blog.  To other 14%, nice to meet you & thanks so much for stopping by!

So now we all know each other, but there's a lot of other people who live here.  And I'm not satisfied with living my life just to get as much as I possibly can.  I want to try and help make this place better than how I found it.  (Especially for the little ones.)  I just think that trying to understand where people are at is a necessary step in trying to make things better...and I also think riding the bus is a way of doing that. 

So yeah, I rode the bus...and it was good.
and here are a few random thoughts I had during my short trip.

- Google said that I saved $2.49 by riding the bus ($2.50 fee) as opposed to driving ($4.99 est. cost).   
- It did take me a little longer than what they estimated, but I wasn't in a rush. Google est. time was about 36 minutes.  It took me about 40-45 minutes to get me to work.
- If you ride bus to and from work/school/wherever at least 12 times in the month, you make your money back on your pass...if you buy a pass. (Monthly bus pass: $60 / Daily bus fair: $2.50) Every ride after that is bonus!  FREE!  What a deal...and I know we all like deals!
- At one bus stop, an older fellow wanted to get on, but wasn't sure where the bus was going.  The driver got out and pointed out the route we were on and explained to him what the best option was regarding getting to his destination.  I thought that was cool.  I like to see people helping other people.
- There was a guy who got on the bus who ended up sitting right in front of me...and he was smelling pretty RIPE! But hey, that's life.  That's reality.  But it was cool.  We had to transfer buses because of something, so he and I were one of the last people off the original bus.  He was getting up a little slow, so I asked him if he needed help.  He kinda shook his head and looked at me casually, then asked, "We switching buses?"
"Yup, uncle.  We switching..."
Kinda got to know somebody new.
- It was nice to hear people conversing about their jobs or the new bus schedule that's supposed to come out.

Well, that's all for now.

Would I catch bus again?


Helps me to see other people & think about other people.

Oh! and one more thought - When you ride bus, you no get road rage.

So yeah, that was that.  Maybe I'll see you on the bus next time?

Next experiment...

RIDE BIKE TO WORK! (Please don't bang me if you see me on the road.)


Joanne said...

Last time I rode the bus by myself I was back in college. Some crazy guy groped me as I was trying to get up then punched me in the arm, leaving a huge bruise. I prefer to drive. I also live in an area where the bus comes every 45 minutes and can be up to 45 minutes late, so that makes planning a little hard. I'm glad you had a good experience, though.

Jared said...

Sorry to hear about that. So terrible. That experience would definitely push me in the direction of NOT wanting to take public transit, too.

For me, this experiment is about just doing what I can do. Even if it's just a little bit...cause I believe if we all just do a little bit, eventually, a lot will get done.

I know you're doing all you can.