Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Boise Bus Blog

As a long time passenger on the Boise bus system, amoung others around the country, and a strong supported of public transportation, I like to see new people getting on the bus. In December a local blogger of Red State Rebels started a new blog about her experiences with the Boise bus system - Boise Bus Blog. You can read the initial post on her motivations here - Welcome to the Boise Bus Blog.
I have often believed that buses are intimidating to new passengers. The routes are generally confusing, schedules complex, and there are rules that you must understand to be successful (for example, in Boise you must stand on the near corner of an intersection to get picked up, unless there are turn lanes,...). I believe the author of the Boise bus blog has a perspective that I use when I travel to other cities. I challenge myself to figure out the rules and make it work. Thus, there is a mild thrill when it all works out (yes, I am easily amused). In almost all cases, it works out better than I expected it would. The bottom line is that it is not as hard as it seems when you start and most riders are more than willing to help you out. If you have been considering public transportion, give it a try. You might be pleasently surprised. You might also have stories to tell.
Boise bus blog welcomes your comments as well, join in.


Julie Fanselow said...

Rob, thanks very much for the mention, and for commenting at the BBB, too.

I actually use public transit more when I travel than when I'm at home, for obvious reasons. So in the coming months, I plan to use the BBB as a way to report on other cities' transit systems. Next week, Syracuse ...

Megan Boyer said...

I'm using public transit in Columbia, MO for the next six months, and I'm blogging about the experience at http://6monthsnodrive.blogspot.com/

I'm checking out other blogs about bus riding b/c it's a facinating journey

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