Where is the bus?
By Ray Milefsky
Regarding the May 30 Metro article about Em Hall’s quest to visit every Metro station and ride every Metrobus line in one year, “Blogger brings her readers along for the ride”:
One reason I don’t ride the bus is that without a schedule or route map, I am seldom sure, as Ms. Hall pointed out, where the bus is going. It can be a crapshoot that you will ever reach your destination in a direct manner in a reasonable amount of time. Ms. Hall’s blog posts and the new iPhone app tracking buses are virtual versions of the generations of old ladies on whom we all relied at bus stops for their acquired “bus knowledge,” who can tell you where the bus is going and warn of any obstacles and unexpected diversions en route. The Metro (at least usually) stays on its tracks, has a clear map and generally does not make absurd diversions.
Why isn’t there a single Metro bus map like systems in other cities have? Don’t tell me to look it up online, because I don’t own a laptop or an iPhone and WiFi is not ubiquitous. And why don’t buses just stick to main roads?
This article points out buses’ perennial unreliability and tardiness. I bike to work in 15 to 20 minutes from my home north of the Convention Center to Foggy Bottom because the Metro, with one transfer, takes 45 minutes door to door, just about the same amount of time it takes to walk. The G2 bus and God knows what bus south would no doubt take much longer.
| June 2, 2010; 6:52 PM ET
Categories: D.C., HotTopic, Metro, traffic, transportation
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