New York City’s subways and buses just went up to $2.50 a ride. The CDTA is $1.50. Yay! Their buses are more comfortable, and best of all, the coin machines take dollar bills! Yay x 2! They’ve got a transit card system too, but I’ve only used cash, since I don’t ride the bus every day or often enough to get a card.
If you are new to a city, one of the best ways to get the long view is to hop on a city bus and take it to the end of the line and back. If you are directionally challenged, you won’t have to worry about never making it back home, the bus, like a faithful steed, knows the way home. We rode all over in the buses, so much so, that when I finally had the car, I already knew my way around many parts of Troy. It’s not that big, anyway, it’s just long.
I grew up in Upstate NY, near Oneonta, but back when I was a kid, (when dinosaurs roamed the earth) black people were such a minority that we used to get stared at like we were from another planet. After college, I spent close to 35 years in New York City, where no one stared at anyone, at least not for racial or ethnic differences, not in the biggest melting pot in the world. When thinking about moving here, I hoped that I wouldn’t have to go back to being the “only” in a crowd. I was quite pleased to find that I’m not, and my race seems to make no nevermind to anyone here. I’m not naïve to think it’s perfect here, but so far, so good. Yay, Troy!