I’m not a regular bus rider, so my apologies to all you habitual New Flyer commuters. But I’m thrilled and amazed by the sense of
community found on some bus routes.
It’s only natural, especially for people who may be commuting on a bus
with a limited schedule who need to be at work or school at the same
Last week I took the #205 Chicago/Golf to a doctor’s appointment. As I
approached the bus waiting at the Howard terminal I saw the short, stout
and friendly driver joking with a passenger outside the bus. That should have tipped me off.
As we boarded, people waved greetings to each other, inquiring about their kids.
There were students, health care workers, a blind woman and two young
men with Down syndrome. One was chatting up an older woman who lent him
$2 when he realized he was short to buy a power drink. The bus was
buzzing with conversations — quite unlike my boring morning commute on
the Red Line.
As one woman disembarked, the guys hollered out, “Bye Stephanie!”
“See you next Thursday Matt and Josh,” she replied.
We could use more of that friendliness all over the CTA.