OK, I don't own a car, I need the bus to get around. I live where there's a bus stop right in front of my apartment building which may sound nice, but it isn't always. I'm on Meridian, S of 38th, so busses from 3 different routes stop here. NONE seem to go within a block of a grocery. This includes a hike across several acres of parking lot, for a stop by a Walmart or Meijer. Twice a week, I need to go to Methodist Hospital for a medical procedure. I can get off at 16th & Meridian and hike 2 VERY long blocks to the far side of the hospital from where I need to be, or I can go to the transit center and catch the w 16th st bus. This triples the distance I travel. Also the 16th street bus only runs a WHOLE once an hour outside of rush hour. I'd like to go to Circle Center Mall but the nearest stop for me is three blocks away for me, and I use a walker. that 3 blocks is just too far a hike, even in good weather. Yes, I do qualify for the Open Door program, which will take me to the grocery/mall/wherever door, but it doesn't usually save time. I've had rides where it takes 3 hours to get home instead of 15 minutes, because there' s 3-4 other people to drop off, all over town. And at least twice, the driver was an hour late picking me up because they couldn't find me at the same place I was dropped off. One place I'd love to go to is the new IKEA, but not a chance. Busses don't get within miles of the place. Indygo needs some more routes, and to run MUCH oftener on many routes, as well as on weekends for some routes. I don't how to manage the Open Door rides to cut down on travel time
Getting around on the bus.
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