Today, November the 1st, is public transport day in Dubai. Basically, the transport department at the government was created here 5 years ago. Before that it was just the public bus department running a 100 buses on random routes. Anyway, to celebrate their 5th anniversary, they have graciously decided not to take any bus fares and metro fares for the day. all public transport journeys for the day are free.
Now, i got a car. I wouldn’t take the bus for several reasons. Here are 5 reasons, that i could think of, why i wouldn’t.
5) The bus routes suck big-time
yep, that’s right, the bus routes don’t really make sense. Actually, most bus routes take you only to a metro station. From there, we take the metro to the next station where another bus journey awaits us. We cant really blame them, they wanna reduce costs and increase metro use. The pic shows a sample bus route compared to a car route.
4) Buses are slow!!!!!
Actually, i think their top speed’s are limited to 10 or 15 kph. So even if you are late, u just keep counting all the cars that overtake you. It’s a good pastime while on the bus.
3) I love my carbon footprint
That’s right, I love leaving a huge carbon footprint. Environmentalists, its time to go have your heart attack. I frankly wanna burn petrol just like that. Also, I wont feel guilty driving a hummer burning 1L of fuel to take me 1km.
2) Buses are unsafe
I know what you might be thinking. What a load of bull. Actually, think about it. In cars, we got seat-belts and airbags. In a bus, probably only the bus driver has a seat-belt. So just think. Think about which is really more safer. Oh yeah, buses don’t really go fast in Dubai. But still, in the odd chance that they do, it’s a big risk. If you don’t believe me, take a look at this pic. If you want to get into an accident, do it in your own car.
1) Driving a car is fun
Yeah it is!!! And if you don’t get me, you don’t get me. OK, another way to put it.
Imagine you are sitting in your car, at the signal. You are the first car in your lane. The music is something nice with fast beats. The light turns green. And zoom, you hear your engine crying as you shift gears one by one till you look into the mirror and see a blur. Blur of all the cars you left behind. That’s a thrill you wont ever get sitting in a bus. Maybe you get it if you are in a rocket( But who gets to sit in a rocket, seriously?). Still didn’t get me? Go get on a bus.
Disclaimer: I have nothing against the RTA. Just against slow bus drivers and many of your stupid routes.