The next bus might not be free

Today Metro Transit was offering free rides on all the new “Go Greener” Hybrid buses, running on the 17 and 18 lines. I knew about the promotion, but many people didn’t, so the driver on my first trip of the day was saying things like “Free ride today on this bus” as people got on. When we got to 24th and Lyndale, an older man was the last to board, after 2 people walked past the farebox.

You could see him holding the 50¢ senior citizen fare in his slightly shaky hand, and oddly enough, a tennis racquet. He moved towards the farebox, but it was covered up, so the driver again said “Free ride today”. I couldn’t hear if he said anything, but he paused and then slowly turned around and started to leave the bus.

The driver again tried to explain that the ride was free today, and the next bus might not be free, but the man just continued off the bus to wait for the next 17.

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