Sunday, September 13, 2009

I Take the Bus Home...

Not the Metro Rail. And that makes a world of difference.

See, on the bus ride those who can't afford close enough to live near a metro.
Those who have more time than they do money.

The bus fare cost $1.25.
If you use a SmarTrip card, all the bus transfers for the next 3 hours are free, doesn't matter where you go.

The metro fare cost at least $1.35 one way, and will continue costing $ for every stop. How much you pay on the metro is dependent on your trip length and number of transfers.

I take the bus home.
Sometimes I am the only person who is not black.

When I take the metro rail,
I am often the only person who is not white.

What's the difference between the bus and the metro rail?
Most of the black people take the bus. Most of the white people take metro rail. All of the other ethnicities that fall in between can easily be spread out between the two.. with the lighter hues heavily leaning toward transporting on metro rail.

Obviously there are exceptions to the rule. But this is the overwhelming reality I've experienced in the District.

I take the bus home, not the metro rail. And that makes a world of difference.