In order to save money, I bought myself a bus pass since it’s so cheap at the student rate. (One Zone). If I take the bus religiously, we’ll be saving roughly 60 dollars a month on gas, and 20-30 dollars a month on car insurance. Quite compelling since that pays for an entire bill. Add the $60.00 a month I shell out on parking… Lots of money to save.
The disadvantage? Time. It takes roughly 10-20 minutes longer to get to the destination than going by car. Also, it forces me to adhere to more of a rigid schedule. The car provides so much more flexibility since I’m not worried about when the next bus will come and what would happen if I missed it.
So the past week or so, I’ve been bussing it. surprisingly, the transit system is a LOT better than it was when I was going to UBC. Busses are on time, transfers are quick and the best part of it: I don’t have to stress out driving here and there, battling traffic and battling my exhausted body trying to stay awake on the wheel. Also, I can read and study on the bus without any fear of bumping into the guy in front of me.
If you have a few minutes, take stock of how much money you’re putting into your car and if taking the bus is feasible. Most people, myself included, get used to routine that they don’t stop to think if there’s an opportunity for improvement. Try the bus. It’s much better than you think.