It is very hard for someone from my area, to understand trolleys, trains, subways and busses. By understand, I mean the logistics and knowledge required to get on the correct transit, pay the right amount, the right way and do the transfer required to use the mass transit properly.
Mel, from ‘Honey I’m Home’ used to put her ‘bus stories’ on her blog. Some were hilarious, some aggravating and a few scary. Seems to me you gotta be pretty tough(ATTITUDE) to live and travel that way.
Sherry & I rode the subway in DC just to experience the speed and crowds. I felt uncomfortable, not unsafe. We did not try it in NYC, to be honest I had heard/read too many horror stories associated.
I have ridden double decker busses and trains in the UK and Europe. BUT there it is not much of problem because right away they know you ‘Aren’t from here”, so they go out of the way to assist the ignorant American. Oh, side note: If you are in London don’t be misled by large signs that advertise: “Work for the Underground, Good pay & Retirement.” It is the Subway (UNDERGROUND) of London advertising for workers.
I do see the necessity of mass transit, I am just too old to comprehend and use it. Even in the 50’s in the USMC I met young men that had never driven or even ridden in a car, I was shocked. Many kids from the cities did not have a driver’s license. We taught them to drive jeeps and trucks.
WHEN I drove in NYC later, I understood. Just parking would cost an arm and leg. In the cities someone forgot to install driveways and garages. LOL
Now I am laughing, I probably shouldn’t drive a car in a city now. We actually found a parking spot (meter) here in Lancaster. Fortunately it had a little time on it. We were fortunate for the 8 minutes, because an “APP” was required to use the meter! Now they even want me to use an APP to order at McD’s!
Do you use the bus or trains?
Do your parking meters still take change?