Getting Around – Public Transportation


WHAT is public transportation? Is it real? Does it work?

Public  is defined as – ‘shared by all the people of an area or country.’


Last August I released my private transportation, my car, for the first time in over 40 years.  I was proud of my cost savings – no more car payments, insurance, gas, repair expenses and a big step into the ‘green’ environment movement.  I was moving to Costa Rica where I was told public transportation was abundant.

I envisioned traveling the rural roads via bus and meeting like-minded participants.

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I quickly learned that buses had a limited route and if I wanted to ride I would have to walk to its access point a real barrier to a nonathletic, heat sensitive individual.  I never figured out the cost of a bus but was assured it was the cheapest form of public transportation.  I also learned that the places I wanted to go, the grocery store, the bank, fruit stand etc. were not available by a local bus.

I would need to engage a private taxi to drive me.  Fortunately, the process of engaging a taxi was explained to me in detail by a helpful neighbor.  I would need a contact # for a driver who spoke English, access to a telephone and $2 per one way fare within the town limits.

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A few weeks later I investigated riding the bus to a nearby town and learned that the buses were extremely hot with no air conditioning.  I ended my intention to use public transportation and purchased a used bicycle.

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To be Coninued – back in the USA.

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