My Grand Experiment, or How I Learned How to Hate the Car and Use Public Transportation (in America)

For the next year, my grand experiment is to learn how to get around using only public transportation (and a bike) in upstate New York; this after putting over 100,000 miles driving in less than 2 years time, and in the course of it messing up my back, right leg and tendons in both my hands. Funny, I’ve used public transportation since I was 8 years old, when I would take the bus from Matamoros to Cuernavaca, by way of Mexico City and the Metro with absolutely no problem. I travelled everywhere in Europe, meeting people, young and old, from places, near and far whose daily life begins and ends with public transportation.

The only issue now is learning how to read the ridiculously arcane bus schedules and pamphlets littered with absurd symbols, undecipherable acronyms and notes, that require you to have a PhD in semiotics to read and comprehend; and learn how people co-exist and interact in the social life of the bus – an experience of the human dimension.

This blog chronicles my everyday experience with this odyssey.


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