Goodbye Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Hello, Luxury Bus?
We saw an episode of The Newsroom the other day. They were talking about the problem of bus-pooling, and the main argument was that it wouldn’t be practical for public transportation to use the buses when they are full. That’s not always a bad thing, especially when they are going from place A to place B faster than carpooling, but it can be a pain in the ass.
Anyway, they go on to give various hypothetical situations where the bus is going from place A to B faster than an average car, and then they point out that the buses are full “a lot” more than the cars. In all of these situations, the bus would be using the same amount of resources as more carpooling, since the bus would take care of itself.
And then they point out that there are a lot of places in the world that aren’t a lot more carpooling-friendly than the United States.
Oh my gosh. It is a lot easier to say “That’s probably because the carpool lanes are full and I’m just riding ’cause I have to” than “That’s probably because the bus lanes are full and I’m just riding ’cause I have to.” And it sounds better. You can just say, “I’m just riding.” I’m not sure what part of “If you don’t want to be a jerk you get out of my way, asshole!” is not part of that.
And then I realized that you can do that. You can ride on the bus. And they’re not even going to be full.
I was riding a lot of the time. In fact, I got behind a guy who went to the back of the bus and put his backpack on