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The friendly bus driver picks us up and drops us off almost door to door. Wonders will never cease, only it’s happening every day!
Let’s speculate. It's Monday morning, you leave the Volvo in the garage at home and walk the 200 meters to the bus stop (exercise)
Don’t loiter the bus arrives on time. Click your bee card, several locals say hi (or not) take a seat, whip out your laptop or mobile and organise the day.
Let’s say you live at Portobello, your day is organised, now sit back relax and enjoy one of the best scenic drives in the country without lifting a finger.
The professional driver will deliver you right into the city hub where any number of buses await to take you to the destination of your choice. You are guaranteed to arrive rested and ready for the day.
At this point you have avoided the hassle of driving to town parking the Volvo and saved 15 bucks in petrol so if like me you’re stretching the budget that’s 75 bucks a week.
You’ve managed a wee bit of exercise and made a few friends (or not).
Come the weekend take the kids to Port Chalmers with a picnic at almost no cost, they will love the journey as well.
If the budget is not stretched, then fly to any city in the country and use your bee card to tour around the city sites
After a month or so of commuting and you're over the views bring your current reading material. It’s like having hours holiday every day and so convenient as to be a no brainer.
Cheers to the excellent Dunedin Metro bus service and the wonderful team of drivers that deliver us around our picturesque city.
- Philip Kirby