Riding the bus in Yellowknife is something I actually enjoy now, but it hasn’t always been that way. When I was in school I feared the bus.
When I was in middle school and high school I refused to take the bus into town. I would be riding with all the other students who were on it, it would be packed, people everywhere. I just did like that. That being I would ride it when when it wan’t 8:05am or 3:50pm. So it wasn’t that I didn’t like the bus, it was more I didn’t like a large amount of people crammed into a small space. I would do horribly if I tried to commute in New York.
Nowadays, every time I am in town I ride it, mostly because I fly back and don’t normally have a vehicle. It is peaceful for me in a strange way. I don’t have to worry about driving, I always ride it when it is empty, I can just do what I want.
Actually one of the things i have always wanted to do, is conduct interviews on the bus. The bus gets through town and back in about 30 mins, so it would be perfect to either do an audio interview or even video. It was add a good backdrop or background noise. Obviously I have yet to get to that point of actually doing it.
When I’m heading downtown my route consists of going from Finlayson Dr to Woolgar Ave to Northlands Trailer Park and finally onto Franklin Ave into downtown.
I must say I do really enjoy Yellowknife’s Public Transit now, which for me is such an odd things having been so against it as a kid and also so determined to have my own mode of transportation.
Do you ride the bus in your town?