Journeys of all kinds found on bus rides
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.