Talking buses: a necessary convenience

March 31, 2011

I'd be willing to wager that the entitled suburbanites complaining about "talking" busses are probably riding around in pricey vehicles with GPS systems that talk to them if they get lost and direct them accordingly.

Apparently, that is all right because they are paying for it. But a bus public address system that might be directing an illiterate mother on a standing-room-only bus with several kids in tow and overstuffed grocery bags is "surreal?"

I could question a lot of transportation expenditures, such as the Inter-County Connector, the concrete sound barriers along Interstates (reportedly $40,000 per house) and the commemorative signage in 2008 proclaiming the 100th anniversary of the State Highway Administration.

But the recorded instructions on buses, light rail trains, metro buses and the downtown circulators seem not nearly as much a waste of money as any of these.

Paul R. Schlitz Jr., Baltimore

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