I think my blissful bubble about public transportation is starting to burst.
I used to like public transportation. Quite a lot. The idea of getting from point A to point B without the stresses of driving your own car, or pedalling on your bicycle, it is an appealing idea. I always like sitting on a bus or a train, with my headphones in my ear and be cut off from the rest of the world. Plus it’s a good opportunity to get out your laptop and do something productive during the ride.
But that was always because I’ve never needed to be anywhere on time before. Now I’m having to be at point B at a particular time, I’m starting to see why public transportation gets such a bad reputation.
There’s been a few times this week where I waited for a bus to arrive at a particular time. It needed to arrive at this time or else I would be late for work. But the bus never arrived. It would be ten minutes too late. I would have to get a taxi to get to work. Then there was two of those times where I get stuck in traffic, making me very late for my various appointments.
And all those jokes about waiting for a bus and then after waiting for ages 3 buses turn up at once? Yeah. That kinda thing happens in Oxford. A lot.
I prefer trains because, to me, they have been more punctual and have no delays. If I was ever late for something it was because I screwed up by getting off at the wrong train station. But the price for train travel is far too high. It roughly works out that to travel around by train costs about as much as it would for a person to own a car. Fuel and all. And whilst there are discounts for student and old people at 65 years old plus, where is the discount for the middle-aged man working 9 to 5? There is none! It’s no wonder why people choose to own a car.
This post is mostly just me blowing off some steam due to a bad week having to rely on public transportation. I do like taking the bus and the train. But I’m gonna get back to relying on my bicycle to get to work on time and take the train when I don’t have to be at point B on time.