Goodbye Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Hello, Luxury Bus?
I am very excited for the arrival of this new type of bus. For the past seven years, I have been commuting to work at an off-ramp on the San Fernando Road on a very old and worn out Mercedes Benz CLK 125. After having it repaired to a level not far from its original one, and after having multiple breakdowns, I decided to take it to its next-to-last state. It has since been replaced with a new model that I hope to be driving less than a month from now. I really like the new buses and, as much as I enjoy the old ones, I am certain that the new ones are far superior to the old ones.
I have been commuting from my home in New Jersey to my job in New York by bus since I was a high school teenager and have ridden a bus to work since 2000. I decided to give a new line a try because, being used to old buses on which I felt safe and secure, I felt this bus would be a much safer ride. Even in its current state, this bus felt much better than the old Mercedes. As I pulled away from the curb, I had to wonder if the old Mercedes would feel as safe and secure as the new one. I am not sure if it’s because the old one is less used, or if the replacement will be safer, but either way, it felt so much better than the old bus.
The new buses also made a lot of noise when they were moving. I had to hold onto the door after they hit a pothole or a pothole in the roadway. At first, the driver wouldn’t say anything to me because I didn’t have my seat belt on, but I finally convinced him that I was awake and would be safe as long as I held on to him. He smiled and told me that he had a feeling I would be safe. I smiled as I thanked him, then looked my seat mate in the eye and told him that, no, I wouldn’t be safe.
My first bus trip took us to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, but I quickly got off at the Williamsburg Bridge because an older bus from the Bronx wouldn’t have been able to go as fast. At Williamsburg