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3 Reasons Public Transportation Has Become My BFF

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Some may call me boujee but me and public transportation have never mixed. When I think about it, I think about the germs and all the crazy people who I could possibly bump into. I actually never really had to use public transportation much growing up because I either always had a ride somewhere or was close enough to walk. You’re probably wondering how I survived so long when I didn’t even get my licenses until I turned 19. If it were on me I probably still wouldn’t have a driver’s licenses now but my dislike for PT lead me to it. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I’ve never been on a bus, train, or the Bart before. I just don’t prefer it, especially Bart with all the crazy stories about women being killed and assaulted. Oh, and we can’t forget the videos being spread around social media of people doing crack and all that other shit in public. I guess you can say I’ve just always felt safer driving myself to where I needed to go. I have control over who’s around me and my coming and goings.

Ever since I started working in the city, I’ll admit transportation has become my new best friend. I’m still steering away from BART because that I just cannot do but here are the reasons I love me some AC Transit.

1. It’s Convenient 

I can wake up, drop off my son and niece at daycare and then drive a few minutes away to hop on the bus. I just park my car at park & ride and then I’m on my way. Even when my son switches schools for Kindergarten there are enough park & rides located around that I can get to one on time. It also comes straight to my job (4 min walk, longer once the terminal opens back up but that will be my workout).

2. Traffic, Not My Problem

The bus gets me to work way faster than if I was driving because let’s face it, I cannot jump in carpool alone and risk getting a ticket. It’s a smooth ride, I can relax, write, read, take in the view or take a nap. I don’t have to worry about having an extreme headache from stressing about all the traffic and people who should have failed their driver’s test. It also eliminates the road rage; I won’t have any or have to deal with any.

3. Money Saver

The biggest plus for me is its saving me a ton of money. I don’t have to worry about paying double the toll, like I did when I was working in Mountain View. I can save on gas because having to fill up your tank every two days adds up more than you’d like. I don’t have to worry about spending almost $35 everyday to park my car either. Yes, I’m still paying to take the bus and park my car but let’s face it, its way cheaper than what I had been doing all those years.

Taking the bus still has it’s not so great moments.

  • The weird older man watching you from the line, then finding you on the bus to sit by you
  • The heavyset person who is taking over his seat and yours.
  • The guy that smells like a bag of onions making you wish you could pry the windows open

Just to name a few lol.

What do you enjoy about public transportation?

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2 comments

  1. I have been in NYC my entire life and unlike you, I’m not fond of driving. I’m terrified of getting on the road myself because I can be as safe as I want to be and some other fool will cause an accident that can cost me my life or them theirs. Unless, I move upstate, I can safely say I will be using MTA for the rest of my life.

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    1. I’ve definitely heard you kind of have no choice but to use the public transportation that way. Seems like you’d be stuck for days. The drivers in San Francisco where I work or horrible, which is one reason I decided to stat taking the bus. I do not feel safe driving out here EVER then you have to pay a shit ton of money to park because there is no where out here.

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