Thursday, June 4, 2009

ValleyRide missed me after after 5

Posted By on Thu, Jun 4, 2009 at 9:27 AM

0c6c/1244131142-bus.jpgI'm not going to say I missed the bus last night. What happened was the bus missed a couple hundred people who could have used a cheap ride home.

I did know that the last bus home from the Grove was going to be at 6:45 p.m. That was somewhere in the part of my brain that is supposed to recall numbers and times. But last call at Alive After 5 is, like, after 8 p.m., and that was in my frontal lobe or somewhere more easily accessible.

So when I strolled up to the stop for the 14, which is RIGHT ON THE GROVE, around about 7 p.m., I didn't remember that I was about to be totally stuck. I could technically walk home, but I can't carry the 4-year-old that far anymore, so I had to call in a vehicular rescue mission.

If there is a large gathering right near Boise's de facto bus terminal, wouldn't it make sense to run some later buses to accommodate the crowds? Perhaps I'm being selfish here, but the erratic bus hours in Boise is a major problem for some people.

I taught a Boise Weekly reading class last week at the English Language Center. The lesson was how to use BW to find cool, cheap stuff to do on the weekends. One problem, an older Iraqi man told me: On Sundays we have to stay home.

Why, I innocently asked. Because there is no bus service on Sundays in Boise, he explained. The lack of buses on Sundays literally traps people in their homes. Which is a damn shame on many, many levels.

Alive After 5 is actually a really good event for ValleyRide. They could set up a booth between the Idaho Lottery and Think Boise First, tell people exactly when the next bus to their home leaves and sell tickets (still only $1!) thereby educating the public, reducing drunk driving, building goodwill in the community and making a little cash.

Oh, and Tim Easton was really fun. He shops at the Co-op when he's in town and he kept promising to jump in the fountain. Too bad I didn't see that or hear most of his second set... I had to go catch a bus that wasn't there.

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