So when I learned that my favorite baseball mascot, Nutzy, was teaming with GRTC www.ridegrtc.com and RideFinders www.ridefinders.com to encourage folks to take the bus and save gas, I decided to follow his advice for the day.
When I was kid in Knoxville, I rode the city bus all the time. We often rode the Metro when we lived in northern Virginia. But since coming to Richmond four years ago, I had been on a GRTC bus only once, twice if you count the time we took a shuttle from a VCU parking lot to the Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont.
If you know anything about eastern Henrico, you know that finding a GRTC bus isn’t all that easy out here. I had to drive about 10 and half miles to The Shops at White Oak Village to get a bus to take me to the Willow Lawn area. Even so it was fewer miles than if I’d driven all the way there.
Besides being green, I was hoping to spot Nutzy. I was ready to yell the secret word of the day (Zinger) and high five the caped squirrel so I could win today’s “Where’s Nutzy?” contest. But as soon as I boarded the bus, I discovered Nutzy had already been spotted by someone earlier in the day.
I could have gotten off at the next stop and walked the few blocks back to my car. Instead, I decided to stay on for the adventure and the satisfaction of being a little more green than usual.
Along the way I saw a few places I hadn’t seen before such as the CSX Acca train yard and I learned a few things including:
1) Avoid riding in the back of the bus or near any of the tires. That’s where the ride is the bumpiest.
2) If you need a Krispy Kreme doughnut fix and don’t have a car, the White Oak/Willow Lawn bus takes you right to their door on Broad Street.
3) Random acts of kindness happen every day. When one passenger who was getting on the bus didn’t have enough for the $1.50 fare, another passenger gave her the money.
You can’t beat that. I helped the environment a little and learned a few of life lessons along the way.
So how green are you? What do you do to help the environment? Share your favorite green tips or bus trip stories.