Monday, March 12, 2007

The wheels on the bus go round and round

OK, so here we are, two Californians used to driving or riding a bike (Jeff) everywhere, trying to get along without a car. Getting to NYC and around NYC is simple. If there's little or no traffic, we can be in the city in less than 20 minutes, including the time it takes us to walk to the bus stop.

Getting around New Jersey, however, is a completely different story. The NJ Transit system is, shall we say, less than reliable. We haven't taken it very often yet (except to go into the city), but in the last few days, THREE TIMES the bus simply hasn't show up at all on a route within Union City or nearby cities. It's not that it was late--it just never came! Some of the lines run infrequently, like every 30 minutes or even just once an hour. So this is a bit of a problem.

We're sure we'll figure this out eventually, but it's been frustrating. The buses themselves are nice, and most of the drivers are helpful. Now they just need to run on time ...

We are determined to find work in NYC because the commute is so much simpler! (And who really wants to work in Jersey, anyway? No offense to businesses in New Jersey, but it's not quite the same as Manhattan.)

Looks like Mary's "Viewpoint" was published in The Tribune: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/mld/sanluisobispo/news/editorial/letters/16885541.htm. Comments welcome!

1 comment:

Mackey said...

Ah, reliable old New Jersey Transit! Maybe a letter to the Bus Comissioner, I think his name is Saprano something...When I tried to take the bus in Hoboken, half the time I ended up flagging down a gypsy cab..$5 anywhere in town...such a deal! Have you made over to Hoboken yet? If you dom maxwells is a great little pub with live music..(It's where I saw Bruce Springsteen shhot his "Glory Days" Video)...also check out the Clam Broth House near the Path Station, it's chock full of gangster photos on the wall and was the unoficial home of native son, Frank Sinatra!