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The Great American School Bus Conversion: Part 1

One of my favorite movies of all time is Road Trip. It's not exactly the pinnacle of cinematography, and the acting isn't going to win any awards, but it does include a couple of my favorite themes:

1. Ditching school
2. Road tripping

My first experience road tripping was when I graduated from high school. Five friends and I took one of those cool vans ("a REAL van.. this was before all that minivan crap") from Texas to Florida, and then all the way up to Maine. I got off in Massachusetts, but the rest of the crew continued on to Chicago and then back South.

The Bus Stop Culture

On Flower Power

I love taking the bus. It’s cheap, gets you to places and “car”-pooling is generally better for our environment. I’ve taken the bus in cities such as Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Paris, Honolulu, Montego Bay, West Haven and other places. Bus rides always promise an adventure whether it’s about fellow riders or the driver himself. But that’s just half the quest, which begins, at the bus stop.

I found out that Brazil has the most bus riders with an astonishing 85% of its citizens using it daily. Last summer a revolutionary act broke out in the country due to an increase of fares in addition to issues that arose from building the World Cup Stadium there.

Los Angeles ranked second in best public transit systems in the U.S. and I understand why. Schedules were printed at every bus stop, they were on time and there were many stops in general. It was easy to use and utterly convenient. Hawaii was also ranked in the Top 10 for probably the same reasons PLUS the app that was convenient in searching for what bus to use.

As mundane as it sounds, bus stops are full of life. It’s where the homeless find shelter at night, regulars cross paths during rush hour and people share frustrations about the reliability and timeliness of the public transit system. I would like to share some stories about making use of the public transit and its stops.

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