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Friday, May 3, 2013
Public Transportation in Quito, Ecuador versus Minneapolis MN. Buses. May 2013.
I start with
the price. Bus ride in Minneapolis MN cost from $1.75 to $3.50. Bus ride in
Quito is only a quarter, 25 cents. In Quito, there
are cashiers on a bus and at every trolley stop. They will give you change if
you don't have exact amount for your ride. In Minneapolis you must have right amount for your ride, bus pass or else...
In Quito it
is allowed to sell stuff, beg for money on a bus. Imagine that in Mnpls.
Minneapolis with an exception of passengers who ride bus in a rush hour to go
from their suburbs to Downtown Mnpls (to work) and back, lots of passengers look
like eyesores, painful to watch, some of them (significant amount) are mentally
ill. In Quito passengers have normal or close to normal BMI, dress presentable and
very seldom I see mentally ill person on a bus in Quito. I do remember quite a
few of them while riding a bus in Minneapolis.
kids, from toddlers to teenagers, ride bus in Quito, a lot. School age kids
ride bus alone. Ecuadorian children usually behave on a bus. They don't have
much(or at all) gadgets to occupy them, never less they are reasonably quiet. Kids
in US are almost outlawed when they are by themselves in public spaces.
In Quito while riding bus, if you are not careful, "they" would
"work" on you and it is very possible that you will be robbed on a bus. Quito bus thieves
not as good as in Rome, Italy, for example, but still they are
buses/trolley in Ecuador(mostly in Quito) from 2006 and I had two accidents,
first time my purse was slashed, nothing was taken from it, but it was my
favorite purse! Second time, my cell phone was stolen on a bus. Since then I
only wear cross body purses.
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