Our view: No reason not to hop on the bus

Riders get off a bus at the James F. Conahan Intermodal Transportation Center in Wilkes-Barre during Dump the Pump Day last week. -

We think Paul Simon said it best.

“Just get on the bus, Gus. Don’t need to discuss much.”

Of course, Simon was singing “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” when he said those famous lines, not offering transportation advice.

But for residents of Luzerne County, he hit the nail right on the head, so to speak.

The Luzerne County Transportation Authority has come a long way since the days of the ghost rider scandal.

The buses run on an incredibly efficient schedule and reach just about any place — just about – you would want to go in the Luzerne County.

Don’t believe us, and don’t want to take Paul Simon’s word for it? Then listen to Melissa McCormick, a bus rider, who newsroom intern Cabrini Rudnicki chatted with on Thursday.

“I have a license. But the reason I don’t drive is because public transportation gets you where you need to go, and it’s much easier,” McCormick said.

Wilkes-Barre City Councilman Tony Brooks agreed.

“What’s great is that all public transportation comes down to downtown Wilkes-Barre,” Brooks said. “We just had a report on what the No. 1 thing people do in Wilkes-Barre, and it is eat at restaurants. We have 40 different restaurants here.”

Both McCormick and Brooks were at the James F. Conahan Intermodal Transportation Center in Wilkes-Barre for the 13th annual Dump the Pump Day.

The day featured free bus rides for anyone who wanted to take advantage of public transportation.

We hope you took advantage of the day to get acquainted with the LCTA, its buses and routes. If not, spend the $1.75 fare and take a ride one day.

There are an abundance of reasons to do it, such as the every-rising price of gas.

Sure, there are some things the LCTA could do better.

We would love to see the buses run later in the evening and service more areas in our industrial parks for people working second and third shifts.

But even with those shortcomings, we are still pretty lucky to have as efficient public transportation system as we do.

So do as Mr. Simon says, and just get on the bus.

Riders get off a bus at the James F. Conahan Intermodal Transportation Center in Wilkes-Barre during Dump the Pump Day last week.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_TTL062218buses4-1.jpgRiders get off a bus at the James F. Conahan Intermodal Transportation Center in Wilkes-Barre during Dump the Pump Day last week.