Christof writes about his daily bus commute and how the experience compares to the light rail. I had some experience with each this week thanks to a car in the shop. I was dropped off at and picked up from downtown on Wednesday, taking the train to and from my job; on Thursday I had an all-day meeting downtown and was dropped off in the morning, then took the #40 bus home.
And man, is the train a more pleasant experience. It’s quieter, it’s smoother (I get motion sickness if I try to read on a bus, but not on the train), it lacks the smell of exhaust fumes, and it’s a more predictable duration, both in terms of wait time and trip time. There’s just no comparison. I’ll say this for my driver on Thursday – he got me home in a relative hurry. Made for a lot of hard accelerating and braking – I spent most of the trip holding on, lest I get thrown from my seat – but at least I wasn’t muttering under my breath about how long it was taking.
Buses serve a useful and necessary purpose, but for in-city, non-express transport, given a choice there is no choice. The train is better, hands down.