Get on the bus

If they ever reopen 81st Street, I think I am going to give our local transit system a shot. If I got up an hour or so earlier every day and rode my bike to the bus stop, I could take the bus to the office and have time to read the Sentinel over a cup of hot cider and a doughnut before my staff got to work.

My staunch refusal to become a morning person is seriously cramping my style. If the cause is worthy enough, can a nightowl turn into a lark overnight?

Guess we’ll find out when the construction guys finish widening 81st so I can get from the bus stop to the office….


8 thoughts on “Get on the bus”

  1. I became a morning person when I had my first child. Before then it was up until 2, sleep as late as possible. But then I had to get used to the 6am thing, and I never looked back! Morning is the best time, it’s when the earth is waking up.

  2. Emily,

    Good for you. I have been riding the bus for a few years now. I have done more reading and made more friends than I ever have. It’s cheap and easy.

    You will find your self thinking of how much of a hassle it is to drive after a few months. – No really.

  3. Cheap, yes, but after poring over bus schedules for an hour and a half last night, I have come to the conclusion that the adjective “easy” does not apply to the west side of the river. Especially if you live in Red Fork and work in south Tulsa.

    I’m willing to suck it up once in a while for the sake of the environment … but unless they make some MAJOR improvements to the bus service in my area, I seriously doubt I’ll ever consider my 20-minute drive to work a bigger hassle than leaving for work two and a half hours early so I can walk a mile and a half to catch the bus, change buses, and then walk another mile to the office.

    I spent an hour and a half studying bus schedules and maps last night, and this was the only way I could find to get from Point A to Point B on time and in one piece.

    I think mass transit is a wonderful idea. I think it’s a wonderful solution to a lot of problems (transportation for the working poor, air pollution, traffic congestion, sedentary lifestyles, etc., etc., etc.) that currently plague most cities. But for it to be truly effective, you have to provide adequate service to all areas of town — and then provide sufficient publicity and education to get the traveling public to see it as a viable alternative.

    Tulsa’s system is better than some, but I don’t think we’re there yet. Not by a long shot.

  4. The best public transport network I’ve seen is in Holland. They have regular cheap bus services and also miles of cycleways. In Britain they have a service called ‘Park and Ride’ in some large towns which car owners can park their car and be transported to town centres to prevent congestion. But the rail services in Britain are a joke. they have been privatised and taken over by some who are more interested in profit than a good cheap service.

  5. I think there are — or used to be — some park-and-ride lots here in Tulsa, but unfortunately, I don’t think there are any on my end of town … which is a shame. I suppose I could leave my car at Reed Park all day, which would get rid of that mile-and-a-half walk to the bus stop every morning. A good friend of mine lives near there, so perhaps I could park at her house. But somehow that feels like cheating….

  6. Yes, Emily. That is too much. I live on a bus route, so its not such an arduous task. We have such a long way to go in Tulsa as far as mass transit. It is getting better, and I have hope that more people like you will at least consider it – some will even be able to utilize it and others won’t.

  7. One last suggestion.

    Why couldn’t you drive across the river, (or wherever you are) and to the closest direct route, park your car and ride in from there? That’s the way a LOT of New Jersyans get onto Manhattan. It’s sure to save some gas.

    Regardless of that suggestion, It still has to be somewhat practical, or its no use.

  8. Another good idea in theory, but the problem isn’t finding a bus route close to me. It’s finding one close to me that crosses the river. The closest direct route is in a housing project four miles from my house. So I would be driving eight miles a day, riding the bus eight miles a day, walking two miles a day, and leaving my car unattended in the middle of the projects for over eight hours a day.

    The best solution would be for Tulsa to remember that the west side of the river exists, but I’m not holding my breath….

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