The last time I took a Lynx bus was in 1995. With no car insight in the near future, I needed a way to get to Valencia Community College West from Williamsburg and back. I remember it was three buses, 2 hours 3 minutes, and I hated every bit of it.
Initially, I had planned to ride the bus with two of my friends and make a day of it. Maybe ride it to Lake Eola, have lunch, walk around downtown, and then make our way back. However, on Valentine’s Day my car broke down so instead of a fun day around town I had to ride the bus to make it to school and work (luckily, I work at UCF and didn’t have to ride the bus to different locations). At 5:54am I walked to the bus stop only a few steps away from my house. The first thing I noticed was the two benches with no shelter over them and wonder what happens when it rains? or when the sun is blazing? Lynx bus #18 arrived on time at 6:08 am. One of the passengers had to leave his bike locked to the pole because the bike rack was full, which I found odd since there were only a few bike on it. The bus took Orange Avenue all the way to Lake Eola and that was really nice since I had no clue one bus could take me straight to beautiful downtown Orlando! First thing that came to mind was that I must make this trip with my niece Learsi and nephew Israel on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. A few minutes later we were at Lynx Central Station (LCS) and I transfer buses from #18 to #104 to make my way to UCF. After 70 stops and 2 hours and 4 minutes (10 minutes earlier than what Google had predicted) I arrived at UCF. It was a smooth ride and I made it to class on time.
The ride back home was another story…
The estimated time for my trip back home from UCF was 2 hours and 38 minutes, in reality it took over 3 hours. Instead of bus #104 this time I got on #13, the other bus that goes from UCF to LCS. Bus #13 stopped 151 times and passengers weren’t as quiet as in the morning, I guess after a long day at work and/or school everyone just wanted to get home. An older lady got up to ask the driver a question about which bus she needed to take and another passenger shot out that the bus was already late and people had other buses to catch and she was holding up the driver. There was also a passenger singing aloud, which is when I decided to put on my earphones and listen to my own soundtrack. There were also plenty of individuals on their cell phones having arguments and dealing with personal matters for everyone in the bus to hear.
Apart from my mom texting me every minute to see where I was and how my bus ride was going, it was surprisingly enjoyable. I definitely enjoyed it more in the morning than in the afternoon after waking up at 4am to take the bus and a long day of school and then work. Plus, because the bus made substantially more stop on the way back when I made it to LCS it was already dark and that made me a little uneasy. About the older lady asking the driver and the passenger telling her to take a seat because she was making everyone late, I can see both sides of the coin. On the one hand, the older lady had a question, whom else was she going to ask her questions other than the driver? But then again, when you are relying on public transportation to get around a minute late could mean not being able to catch the next bus home, to work, or to pick up the kids at school.