Using Public Transport…

My office bus comes to my area at an ungodly hour of 7am every morning. Needless to say, I am not too enthused to be up and ready in that ungodly hour and get to work. There is no ‘next shuttle’ if I miss it, which leaves me with little choice. But I am too loathe to worry about ‘what next’ when I am still enjoying my early morning sugary slumber, which makes me miss catching the bus more often than not. So the only way to reach office was to drive.

I have some discontentment about driving to work. I am patient enough not to be bothered by the traffic jams and I don’t worry much about the rising fuel prices, but there are other things that trouble me. Somewhere in the corner of me, there is some guilt about taking out the car – the guilt about burning too much fuel and contributing to pollution, the guilt about being part of the cause for traffic jams and such things. To overcome this, I struggled a bit to wake up early but did not find much success and gave up on it. I explored other options and decided to try public transport.

It wasn’t easy in the beginning. I had to wait as long as thirty minutes at times or had to face really really crowded buses. My workplace is 25kms away from home and takes good one hour, so crowded buses were not an option. But I did not relent and walked to the bus stop again and again, at different timings between 8.30 and 10am. I also tried different options like taking a relatively empty bus that would drop me half way where I could change buses. Over a month or two, I had gathered some knowledge of the patterns of arrival of the buses and crowd and put that to good use. I now manage to go to the bus stop at the right time and avoid long waits. I have found ways to take buses and routes that give me some breathing space. In fact, I manage to find a seat and travel in comfort more often than not. It has been much easier to take the bus than car and I can happily indulge in a book while the bus takes me to my destination, keeping me oblivious to the chaos of the road. And it takes only ten minutes more than what it takes to drive. I can’t be happier about taking the bus.

Having figured commuting by public transport to work, I am now planning to extend this for commuting elsewhere too. I may not rely completely on buses, but at least take buses when there is plenty of time to reach the destination. I have been observing the buses for some time now, and have seen that they are not much crowded except during the peak hours. And I feel using the buses does a lot good to the roads we drive on or the air that we breath.

6 Comments so far

  1. tarlesubba (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 8:09 am

    What can I say? It is heartening to hear of your endeavour. Please accept my congratulations.


  2. silkboard (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 9:34 am

    This is the way Arun. public transport is the solution!


  3. Kanth (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 9:57 am

    Arun,

    Nice to see a “practicing” environmentalist.

    I’m one too :-)

    I use public transport as much as possible!


  4. Shruthi (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 10:26 am

    Way to go, Arun! This should serve as a good example for all those who crib about using public transport (me included, actually).


  5. Ravi (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 10:57 am

    Arun,
    Happy to see another advocate of public transport systems. I have no qualms in stating that I travel by public transport when I want to. You’ll see me sporting the biggest smile on planet earth if I get a seat for the journey and some music to listen to. But seriously, thanks to Bangalore weather, travel by bus is, in my opinion, far more comfortable than elsewhere!
    Cheers,
    Ravi


  6. Deepak (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 10:58 am

    Cool Dude.. the story us UP :-)

    Few more to add

    – If you study the timings and time your journey you can reach ahead of the
    company provided busses. I stay around 30 Kms from work place and couple of times
    BMTC has ferried me FASTER..and CHEAPER

    – Now you have the luxury of VOLVO.. I manage to share the car/ hitch hike my ride till
    nearest VOLVO point and then enjoy pretty comfy VOLVO rides to office

    – As per the GOSSIPS making rounds in VOLVO buses.. Lot of people who are in and
    around VOLVO routes are not using their personal vehicles to daily commute…

    Hopefully things would be better for a greener tomorrow :-)



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