News of potential 30% bus service cuts in Stockton sent chills up my spine. Some neighborhood routes could be eliminated, and there would be no weekend service starting in August if federal funds don't come through. Bus services during the week could end at 6:30 pm instead of 9 pm, with reduced frequency of express routes. What about people who depend on buses for work, shopping or church!
|Kifissou Bus Station|
|Molaos Ticket Window|
|Athens Central Metro Station|
Long-distance buses have assigned seats, and everyone, young and old, seemed surprisingly good with that. The regional bus stations were comfortable, and the Sparti station people stored my bag while I twirled downtown during a 4.5-hour layover. No problems, no complaints -- even though some bus drivers liked to smoke or talk on cellphones while expertly navigating mountainous, hairpin turns. You get used to it like everybody else. But best to snag a window seat on the right side so you can easily see the road signs to know where you are...I was even able to catch a bus to the airport at 5 am at the senior 1/2 ticket price of 2.50 EU, saving about a 50 Euro cab fare. Mission accomplished!
All that makes me wonder why I really need a car in Miami with it's many buses, trolleys, Metro Mover, and Metro (also to airport). After all, I do now have my Golden Passport!