Tag Archives: Bus

On The Bus Again

Took the bus yesterday, for the first time since coming back to Germany. It hasn’t changed in the three months since my last trip. When I was in German class, I took the bus every day and wrote most of the posts you read here on the trip. I used to do the same thing […]

Bus Mystery

If you visit here regularly you know I am a big supporter of public transit. No matter where I am. My home town is Ottawa, and the system there regularly frustrated me; I have written about it often. The frustrations didn’t stop me from using it daily. When it worked it was a great ride […]

Not Taking The Bus

OC Transpo, our municipal transit service, is down 1.5 million riders from this time last year. That is a significant drop. There’s a cliché about rocket science that I am going to forego here, no matter how tempting. Apparently the people in charge haven’t quite figured out why people are no longer taking the bus. […]


I broke the law and have no regrets. They didn’t catch me. Well, technically it wasn’t a law, but I think a city bylaw. I didn’t ask what rules I was about to break, just told the transit employee I was going to take my chances and be riding the bus without paying. Now before […]

Public Transit

Taking the bus is relatively boring. You get on, you pay your fare, you get off at your destination. One bus looks just like every other bus. It wasn’t like that when we visited Malta. The buses had a uniform colour scheme, but there was room for personalization and individuality. They’ve changed the system since […]

Bus Etiquette

I pushed my way through the group of four young adults blocking the bus’s exit. Clustered in front of the door you would think they were planning on getting off when I was, but that was not the case. I did a quick count as I exited. There were at least six empty seats in […]

My Morning Commute

I was on the bus and got annoyed. Have I ranted on this subject before? I can’t remember. I am a big fan of public transit. It is cost-effective, somewhat efficient and reasonably ecologically friendly. By choosing to live close to Ottawa’s Transitway we have avoided the need for a second vehicle. However, while I […]