There is a certain happiness sighted when your bus comes along. It is of course a small specialized form of happiness and will never be a great thing.

-Richard Brautigan, The Old Bus

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Coupling on the bus

The wife has discovered the joys of transit meet-ups. Now if I just had reliable work hours. Monday we were able to meet at 65th Street and take the No. 82 bus home. Tonight, she had to kill a half-hour when I got delayed by work. Luckily, she managed to loiter in Office Depot without buying anything.

This will only work on Mondays and Tuesdays, but it adds a new dimension to the transit experience.

Actually, the day was a grand success from a transit perspective. The wife wanted me to pay our supplemental property tax bill at the county offices downtown. A quick check of revealed that I had two or three options depending on how lucky I was feeling. And when I missed the early option because I wasn't paying attention, the backup plan worked just as well.

I suppose that people who live in cities with real transit systems will find my day unremarkable. But here in the domain of Sacramento Regional Transit, it is plenty surprising to find running errands a convenient transit option.

Sacramento Regional Transit should print up some bumper stickers that say "My Other Car Is RT" and hand them out to regular riders as a promotional gimmick. I could put it on the car the wife is leaving at home. We've gone a month now on a half-tank of gas.


Anonymous said...

I once had a license plate frame that read "I'D RATHER BE ON THAT BUS."

Sadly, it got lost when I moved several years ago. :-(

- Jim U
Reno, Nevada

Anonymous said...

I want my bumper sticker to say "My ONLY car is a bus" but I don't know where I could display it!

John said...

For people whose only car is a bus, why not t-shirts or ball caps?

Perhaps some cross promotional effort with the folks who created the movie "Bus Pirates"?

The Derek said...

I have seen a bumper sticker on someones car that said "My other ride is RT". dunno if that was official or custom made...

Gabby said...

You should make one on cafepress: and sell them on here. You can have your own rt rider store!