When was the last time you rode a bus?

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    Today I had to drop my car off at Uhaul to get a trailer hitch installed. It is only 1.1 miles away. I was going to walk back home, but then as I was walking I saw the bus coming, and some people were getting on so I was able to get to it in time. It cost $1.40. I only rode 9/10's of a mile and walked the other 2 blocks home. I could have called my father to pick me up, but I did not want to bother him. I may ask him to drive me back to pick up my car.

    The trailer hitch installed costs $400 and the trailer rental (one way) 1400 miles and 6 days only costs $220.

    I had not been on a bus since my late teens. I had been on Charter style buses to Atlantic City, but not a public transit bus. They do take dollar bills, because the guy in front of me paid with one. Someone had recently told me that buses only accept change. I guess they were mistaken or that is how it is in their area.
     
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    the last time I rode a bus was in 2003 during a trip to Minneapolis....
     
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    Had to go downtown Atlanta (traffic court) 2 weeks ago. The bus did take dollar bills. I only live 3 miles from downtown. I hadn't been there in 4 years and it's only gotten worse. The smell of pot, urine and rotting trash filled the air. Add blasting rap music and homeless people hitting you up for money (5 times in 2 blocks) and it's not a pleasant place to visit.
     
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    About the only area near you as far as I can tell that accepts change only is NY / Brooklyn on buses, though it has been about 4 years since I have been to NY.

    Would suggest that if you are in NY, to use the yellow day travel cards the MTA issue, which I believe are valid on all local buses / Subways, except the express routes. Saved an absolute fortune.

    As for here in the UK, Nottingham City Transport is change only, with exception on some Park + Ride services, where they will issue change for bills.
     
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    Oh a bus? Im thinking the last time was the early 80's
     
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    For special events? About once per year.

    NCbear (who only rides on clean buses)
     
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    Last summer in Vancouver I rode a lot because I sold the car that I was keeping there. My kid and I rode all over the place. It's a bit slow but it goes everywhere, the buses are clean, and you don't have to worry about parking. I'd guess about half the system runs on electricity.
     
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    Almost every week. You see, buses are the most common means of transportation where I live right now and there's no such thing as a subway and unfortunately I don't happen to have a car at the moment. :frown1:
     
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    It was very convenient to use my Metro card for transport during my NYC holiday last August. My last bus ride was via the M60 to Laguardia airport.
     
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    Three weeks ago on the M10 and the NJ Transit bus to and from the city. Otherwise I usually take the train. Sadly, as gas prices increase, the bus is getting cheaper. It's a horrible bus that putt putts along for two interminable hours over twisty winding roads and stops at every God-forsaken place in northern New Jersey. Many of the riders smell... deodorant-challenged, and not in a sexy way either.

    I would take the bus more frequently if it had any guarantee of arriving when it's supposed to. There is no bus lane in the Lincoln Tunnel nor its approach. If there's bad traffic at the tunnel, which is very frequent, then your bus is going to be late and hence I'll be late as well. It's just not as reliable as the train. The train, however, is 13 miles away and I have to pay to park at it. That's a whole tank of gas plus a $2.00 parking fee and I need to spend $3.50 for the additional train I need to ride between the train station and Manhattan stop that takes me to the subway which I need to get to where I'm going. The train fare is $12, the bus is $22. Right now the all the costs for the train are very slightly less than the bus. Once that difference changes, I'll be relegated to the damned bus.
     
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    During the morning rush hour there is a bus lane into the Lincoln Tunnel approach. They turn one of the outbound lanes into an inbound lane on the opposite side of the divider.

    One morning I drove out of Weehaken in the morning and it was amazing to see hundreds of buses going into the city, on the wrong side of the road.
     
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    Ah but there isn't when I go in during late morning. :mad:
     
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    Most of the buses here drive around with a "Not in Service" message lit up on the front and back of them. I did just as much walking as riding back from the MIA Airport. Going East, several buses passed me with the "not in service" thing going on. When I got far enough to head North towards my destination, I rode for about 10 miles relatively cheaply. Then I had to walk another 3+ miles east and not a single bus, "open for business" or "not in service". It took me the better part of the day to get home after having to return a rental car and everyone I knew had something else to do. I could understand I guess, in traffic, that's close to an hour anyway from the airport to my home,just for that leg/task of the trip. I figured I saved the cab fare of at least $ 50 and tip ? The next time, I used a bike, home to Ft Lauderdale Airport was only about a 1/2 hour by bicycle. I'm getting too old for this sh*t !
     
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    Don't remember...
     
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