Tuesday, July 29, 2008


When I do stuff with the fam, how we travel comes down to one thing: cost. If it costs less to fill up a tank of gas than it does to bus it, we drive. If it doesn’t, we don’t. Taking PT obviously takes longer than driving, so its hard to justify both spending more on our mode of transportation as well as using up more precious daylight doing so. Traveling with parents and kiddies can be tough on the money clip. What would usually be a relaxing $1.25 bus ride to Burbank, suddenly becomes a $3.75 (if its just me and the kiddies) - $5.00 (me, kiddies+momz) money hemorrhage. And that’s each way (so double it for round trip), and if the trip is only one bus (it never is), AND it takes longer than driving.

So, why don’t PT companies offer family passes? A $10 day pass for a family of four seems like a pretty sweet deal, no?

Mine are 8 and 9 years old, at the perfect age for lots of mind-molding and impression making. But the Metro policy here for kids riding free only goes up to age 5. I’m trying to get them interested not only in riding public transportation, but in experiencing the culture –or lack thereof- of this city. A family pass policy should be considered an investment in future generations of bus-riders and the city as a whole.

Take your kids with you on the bus.

Upcycle, please.

1 comment:

Hitomi said...

PT should cost free ninety-nine.

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