I happen to be lucky enough at the moment to have the time to wait around for the bus. I get paid a salary, but if I got paid by the hour, like many of my fellow bus riders surely do, those hours of waiting are very expensive. I don't have children, but if I did, the stress of dragging them and all their shit aboard buses crowded with frustrated people who have been waiting forever would make taking the bus a whole different kind of yuck. But the thing for most of us on the bus is that we don't actually have another choice, so we're stuck with the hit-or-miss service that comes with a public service that is used mostly by people without a lot of power or clout, the kind that is leveraged every day to make sure we spend all our transportation funds on roads so everybody in their private vehicles can get a fast lane. Shared transportation can work, and it often does. I have spent a lot of time on a very reliable Quick Bus 48 this month, and it is totally a quick bus. Shorter routes, more buses, and dedicated travel lanes for them, and we'd have a system that people might actually use. We can't actually drive our way out of traffic or climate change, so perhaps it's time to think forward a bit and get on the damn bus.