Haven’t taken the bus in a while, and I was impressed by this new sign on the bus. It’s true. We need to be kind to the bus captain and we shouldn’t tolerate it if they are abused. These days the employees driving the bus are really nice and always wish you good morning and say thank you when you get off. It’s such a wonderful way to be.
I remember in the olden days when the bus drivers used to jerk us about till we would go flying from one end of the bus to the other. Also they whizzed by as we tried in vain to wave a bus down. They also scolded us if we didn’t have the correct fare ready in time. What a world of difference. But strangely, I remember the rude drivers fondly because they added colour to my teenhood. We laughed so hard when our friend slid from the back of the bus to the front like she was on roller skates when the bus made one of its frequent sudden brakes. Teenagers can be so cruel, but she was laughing in the end too. Another thing I recall is that often we got on the bus for free, because some drivers impatiently waved us in assuming we had a monthly student bus card even when we didn’t. The bus conductors also never checked on us on those occasions. Maybe they were thinking, poor students, let them have a free ride. This happened a few times when we took the bus from the bus stop in front of our school.
What I don’t miss? – the lack of air-conditioning and cleanliness. Now all the public buses are air-conditioned which is much needed in a tropical climate. The new ones are super clean too, just like the MRT (subway train). It’s also great that we can use the same contactless card for the bus as well as the MRT.
What were your experiences on the Singapore public bus service like? Or what about the bus service in your country? Do you like taking the bus?