Thursday, May 11, 2006


SP fact: There are more than 15,000 buses in the city. The guy in blue shirt, he collects money. They tried to make it all automatic, but we couldn't just fire all these people working as "bus-money collectors". It costs BRL 2.00 for a ride, which is now approximately a dollar. There's also this program that allows you to pay the same for a two-hour ride, so you can change buses as many times as you need during that period. You can also buy a ticket that allows you to take a bus and then the subway and it costs approximately BRL 3.60.

I enjoy taking buses. It's nice to look out the window and not have to be all stressed with traffic - let the driver do that for me. I can read or take pictures (cof), and eavesdropping is a must. I remember being on a bus reading Lolita and getting weird looks from a lady. Like I were a pervert for reading Lolita. Ha!


Blogger paradise said...

i hate public transportation. i really do. its always dirty, with frequent unexpected delays. but i too, have to rely on the subway and buses whenever i'm in the city as well. i do understand the weird looks from people, though, when i read books that are a bit risque while everyone else does the crossword puzzle.

6:26 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

All I can say is that its dammed cheap travel, and stress free.Love your roller blades photo.

6:41 PM  
Blogger midnitebara said...

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10:31 PM  
Blogger midnitebara said...

Im a bus person too! Our buses are neat and we dont have conductors anymore.

10:33 PM  
Blogger Kala said...

I have to tell you I just had the longest grueling bus ride here - supposedly, we have one of the better bus systems in the U.S. but according to my scandinavian friends, it pales in comparison to what they have in Sweden - but maybe Alex knows more too - he just took some amazing photos of their subway sytem: Stockhom
Anyway, I started at 6 PM and did not get to my final destination until 10:30 PM! The one bright side is I got to meet a woman visiting from Switzerland! Our buses have dollar machines that accept bills and coin machines for chump change so no need for a guy in blue shirt - oh and adult fare is $2 U.S. Dollars.
I think I will stick to driving my car!!!
I wish I knew how many buses we have - but your tidbit facts are very interesting!

6:21 AM  
Blogger Lisi said...

this is the first time that i see a turnstile in the middle of a bus, usually they are at the doors

10:19 AM  
Blogger Ione said...

Nicholas, our buses don't follow a strict schedule, so you can only guess when it'll be at the bus stop. The system is not very good and the buses are kind of old - you can see some broken buses parked everyday, which makes traffic a bit more awful than it already is. A liter of gas costs a bit more than a dollar, kind of expensive. So I try not to drive too much.

Lisi, they put the turnstiles there so it's not so crowded when we get it and the bus can leave the bus stop faster.

Paradise, the fun of riding buses is to get to watch people. :)

Midnitebara, I would love to see a picture of the buses you have on your side of the world.

1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anne said...

I pity those bus collectors, it's hard to move around the bus while it's moving you know! :)

1:53 PM  
Blogger Ione said...

Anne, they don't have to walk around. They just sit there and we move. :)

7:52 PM  
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