Jour­neys of all kinds found on bus rides

Albany Advertiser - - OPINION - Tony Evers Cuth­bert

Just yes­ter­day some­one over­heard me say­ing I was go­ing to Bun­bury on the Tran­sWA bus, and they as­serted “only losers travel that way”.

Well, let me tell you some­thing about bus trav­ellers.

In the past few months I have been trav­el­ling to and from Perth and around the South West and Great South­ern by bus to meet up with my wife Diane Evers, MLC as she road trips her mo­bile/ vir­tual of­fice across the re­gion.

On the buses — “car­pool­ing” with up to fifty oth­ers — I meet an ex­tra­or­di­nary range of “or­di­nary” peo­ple.

Back­pack­ers work­ing their way around; stu­dents do­ing the cheap and safe com­mute to and from stud­ies; peo­ple choos­ing a re­laxed way to travel; those for whom shared trans­port is the only op­tion; peo­ple go­ing to and from med­i­cal ap­point­ments; oth­ers vis­it­ing a fam­ily mem­ber un­der­go­ing med­i­cal in­ter­ven­tion in Perth, hop­ing all is well.

The young man trav­el­ling to the next town in search of work “but it’s hard with­out a driver’s li­cence”, and the el­derly gentle­man just back from surgery who be­lieves “every­one should get a bill when they leave hospi­tal show­ing the real cost of their care, so they re­ally un­der­stand how good Medi­care is”.

Leave-tak­ings and re­unions; de­par­tures and ar­rivals; jour­neys of ev­ery sort for ev­ery rea­son — it’s all hap­pen­ing on the buses.

True, there are times when cir­cum­stances mean the bus isn’t the best choice, but when you total up the real cost and has­sle of driv­ing one per­son in a ve­hi­cle round our State, if you have the time the bus is cheaper, safer, more sus­tain­able, and pro­vides plenty of time to watch, re­flect, read, lis­ten, chat, or sleep if you like.

Oh, and get­ting out and mix­ing with bus trav­ellers might just open a few eyes to who are losers and win­ners, who are or­di­nary and who ex­tra­or­di­nary.

Give the bus a go.

Give the bus a go, you might be sur­prised.

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