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The Trickle - The Bus

March 22, 2010 - Brian Ferry

TAWC

I've written stories about the Transit Authority of Warren County. I've attended the authority's meetings. Before Monday, I had never ridden a TAWC bus. It wasn't quite a life-fulfilling moment, but I feel I have now done something that I should have done long ago. In the morning, I delivered a vehicle to my mechanic. I then walked in the rain with a tattered, but partially functional, umbrella to work. Twenty minutes in the rain (my feet are still wet) convinced me that walking the rest of the way home was not a good idea. I grabbed a copy of the TAWC schedule and discovered the first bus heading for my home would leave TAWC HQ (conveniently located about 327 feet from the Times Observer office) at 11:30 a.m. When I announced my bus-riding plan to some folks in the office I was offered rides home three times. However, by then it was too late. I had my mind set on the bus. I got to the stop most of the 10 minutes early recommended in the pamphlet. When the bus pulled up with Warren Mall lit up, I hopped on. There were two people on when I boarded and two more got on in town. The five of us rode in relative comfort and silence until we reached my stop. I wished the driver and other passengers a good day, disembarked and walked home to my other vehicle. The bus was clean, comfortable, and on time. There was nothing complicated about the trip. I waited at a stop on the line I wanted, stepped in, greeted the driver, fished 75 cents out of my pocket, dropped it in the slot, took an empty seat and enjoyed the ride. Good job, TAWC. I'll try not to go another six years without a local bus ride.

 
 

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