It's 'Facebook on a bus'

GoBus driver Nathan Scott enjoys transporting the Mosgiel community. Photo by Linda Robertson.
GoBus driver Nathan Scott enjoys transporting the Mosgiel community. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Bus driver Nathan Scott (57) has been transporting passengers around the ''Mosgiel loop'' for nearly five years. In a working day, he drives a bus around the Mosgiel circuit 19 times between 8am and 4pm.

The bus passengers made his work enjoyable.

''I like all the people - I know all the people on my bus by name,'' Mr Scott said.

''I have about five Margarets and three Dorys, two Johns.

''There's more and I know them all by name and some of them, I know the names of their family and I've never met them.''

He often talked about family life with passengers and sometimes their adult children came on the bus to meet him.

''One guy talked to me about his family and I met his family after he died. They told me their father talked about me and I always talked about him - we were mates on the bus.''

He considered his passengers ''mates'' and the bus was a ''little social network''.

''Facebook on a bus.''

Although he was raised in Texas and spent 25 years in Seattle, he had lived in Mosgiel for 14 years with his ''Kiwi wife''.

He had never regretted making the move.

''Mosgiel is just like Seattle, the terrain is the same, the weather is the same. The grey clouds remind me of Seattle.''

Friendships could be created easily in Mosgiel.

''Even though Mosgiel is growing, it still has the family atmosphere.''

Although he hoped he would not be driving buses when he was eligible for a Gold Card, he would miss it.

''I did try and get away from it once - I was away for a month and a half and I missed it - I missed the people.''

 

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