I recently took a trip to Seattle. Lots of people do, but most of them drive. I took the bus.
What’s the difference?
With my $30 monthly pass, which lets me go anywhere in Intercity Transit’s system anytime, it cost an extra $1.25 to go to Tacoma/Lakewood and another $3 to Seattle. I paid a total of $8.50 for the round trip.
I got off at Pioneer Square, close to the ball fields and right in the middle of Seattle’s bus system, which will take you anywhere in the metro area. Call it a 120-mile round trip.
I sat comfortably and watched while thousands of motorists struggled with drunk drivers, sleepy drivers and assorted nincompoops, all the while burning nearly $4 a gallon gas or even higher-priced diesel. As an official grumpy old man, I don’t need the agitation.
Not when for $8.50 I can go to Seattle and back — try that in your Prius — in a 40-foot limo operated by a professional. Some of us gripe about the high cost of fuel. Others spend $30 or less for a monthly pass and enjoy the scenery. Take your pick.