Hop on the bus, Gus.
To Paul Simon, it was just one of 50 ways to leave your lover, but I found out last week it’s also a great (and inexpensive) way to get around Prince George.
I was on holidays last week, so on Monday I decided to get a day pass for the local bus system. I used to ride the buses a fair bit in Kamloops, when my job with the paper there didn’t require a vehicle, but since I moved back to Prince George, I’ve only ridden the buses a couple of times.
But I looked at the price for a one-day pass ($4.50 for an adult) and realized as soon as I made my third ride, I was making money of the deal. So I picked up the pass and decided to do some errands on Tuesday. I made up a list of what buses I wanted to catch and when I could catch them, using the P.G. Transit website.
Tuesday morning I scratched off the correct month and date on the card, then crossed the road by my apartment to catch my first bus.
That one took me all the way out to Westgate, where I did a bit of shopping. My original plan had been to go from there to downtown, but I decided I didn’t want to lug my packages around all day, so I headed back home.
I asked the driver of the bus that picked me up if he was going by my destination. He said he was, but that he would transfer me to a different bus that would get me there quicker. That was handy, and a nice touch on his part.
By the end of the day, I had ridden on seven buses, done about four or five errands, spent some time at the library and seen some parts of the city I had not seen before.
The only remark I heard any of the drivers make about a potential passenger was when a young fellow stepped out from behind a bush at the bus stop just as the bus rolled up. The driver came to a quick stop and, as he did, remarked (a) the city should get that bush trimmed because the driver couldn’t see the stop and (b) the passenger should have stepped out earlier so the driver could see him. He did not, of course, make either of these observations to the passenger.
The only bad thing I noticed on my rounds was the lack of safety at Pine Centre Mall, one of the major transfer points. There’s a sign up warning people to watch out for kissers, but not for the big transportation devices.
At least, that’s how I would read, “Yield to busses crossing”.