Can you see why you want to buy a bus? 

You’re likely to spend more money on a bus than a car, but for the same amount of driving, it can be more affordable. 

The average annual cost of a new car is $35,000, while a new bus costs $7,600. 

If you’re a young person with no savings, a car is probably the better choice. 

What if you’re in your late 60s or early 70s? 

A new bus is likely to cost you more, so you’re more likely to take a bus with a senior citizen. 

But if you want a younger bus, you may want to consider the bus with wheelchair accessibility. 

A wheelchair-accessible bus is about half the price of a bus without a wheelchair. 

And the bus will get you to your destination, where you can use the bus for whatever reason. 

Here are a few bus-related topics that are worth your attention. 

1.

Bus stops, parking, and security are key points for seniors and the disabled. 

Most people don’t think twice about paying for a new transit pass when they’re in their 60s and 70s, but a good bus stop is a must. 

You’ll need to pay to park in a bus stop, but that won’t stop you from using it. 

Many bus stops have signs with information on them that say what’s on the bus, but not the name of the driver. 

Your best bet is to park at a designated bus stop in your area. 

2.

You might want to have an additional ride if you have a senior or a disability. 

One thing you can do if you need extra transportation is to have someone drive you to and from the bus stop. 

Some older people don, too. 

For instance, when my friend and I needed a ride to a friend’s house, I drove her to the busstop. 

She said she had trouble finding the right bus stop for the trip, so we drove to the one closest to the house. 

That saved us a lot of time and money. 

3.

You can get a discount on a rental car if you rent a bus. 

Buses that have a wheelchair-accessible car are also often cheaper than buses that don’t have one. 

When you rent one of these buses, you’ll get a $100 credit for the cost of your ride. 

4.

It’s a good idea to bring a companion along when you’re using a wheelchair or with a disability, but if you don’t, you can always use your phone or tablet to help you navigate. 

It’s also worth keeping your phone handy with a map, directions, and a compass, and using a smartphone to get directions and check your phone’s battery life. 

5. 

In many parts of the world, there are no sidewalks. 

On these types of routes, the bus can sometimes be stopped in a crosswalk. 

This can be a problem if you park in the middle of the road. 

6.

You don’t want to be late for your appointments. 

Bus stops are a great way to avoid missed appointments if you just want to get home. 

Just make sure to get a ride home before noon or before 6 p.m. when the buses stop in the afternoon. 

7. 

Getting on and off a bus can be difficult. 

Although a wheelchair is much easier to get onto and off, it’s still a challenge for older adults. 

Because they are disabled, they don’t get the same level of protection as older people, so it’s best to take it easy and not try to push them around. 

8. 

I like to take the bus in the evenings. 

As the older people get older, they may have a lot more energy to keep working out. 

They might be able to keep up, but I’m not so sure it will be worth it. 

 9.

 The bus is expensive to operate. 

These days, a bus is more expensive than a regular car, and the cost is higher if you are traveling to or from a different city. 

So, it is important to remember to keep in mind the amount of money you have to pay for a bus, even if you do not need a bus right now. 

10. 

There are plenty of other things to do on the road besides riding the bus.

Don’t forget to explore new areas, do more traveling, and get out and about. 

Read more about the importance of having a safe, comfortable, and affordable transit system. Posted by Cecil Mott at 9:56 AM