I rely on Public Transportation
No choice, since I can’t drive
As I mentioned in my last article, due to an eye condition I am unable to drive, plus I have no driver’s license anyway.
Thankfully, even though Logansport, Indiana is a relatively small town, they have great public transportation options.
If you want to rely on public, government provided transportation, there are two options. A paid bus, and a free bus. Both options, in my view, are excellent.
The City operates a free bus. It is completely free to ride.
This bus goes around town to 14 different popular places. You can get on or off the bus at any of these 14 stops. You are not allowed to enter or exit the bus at other places, only at these pre-scheduled stops.
The free bus comes to each stop every 45 minutes.
For me, there is a bus stop 4 blocks from my house. Even on cold snowy days, that is not a problem to walk up there. The buses show up at scheduled times, and they are always exactly on time. So, I know when to make the walk, and get there a few minutes ahead of the bus. it is very convenient.
From there, I can ride anywhere on the route for free.
The City also operates a paid bus. It is very inexpensive. You pay $2 to go anywhere in the city. You can also buy a pass for 25 rides for $30. That makes your rides $1.20 per ride, anywhere in the city.
The paid bus will pick you up anywhere in the city or drop you off anywhere in the city. We buy the passes, it is cheaper and convenient too. Also, if you pay with cash, you must have exact cash, so having the pass is better.
The nice thing on the paid bus is that it will take you anywhere, not on some pre-determined route. Often, I will walk up and get the free bus to take me where I need to go. On the way home, I will call the paid bus for the ride home since it will stop and drop me right at my front door.
How Many City Buses are there?
Yesterday I was riding the paid bus home from Walmart. I was the only passenger on the bus, so I got into a conversation with the driver. I asked him how many of these buses the city has. I was really shocked when he told me that there are 80 buses! I thought it would be maybe a dozen max. Eighty buses are amazing to me.
Private Transportation Options
In addition to the public transportation, there are some private options too. In addition to riding the City buses, we take advantage of two private options from time to time.
There is a privately operated taxi service here in Logansport. It is called Mom’s Taxi.
Mom’s will take you anywhere in the City, and the cost is generally low. Most rides are $6 (up to 2 people). Further away places in the city are more, up to $8 or $10, again for up to 2 people. If you have a third person (we often do) they might add a dollar to the price.
When you are somewhere and want to go somewhere else you can just call Mom’s and they will come pick you up and take you to where you want to go. You cannot wave them down or anything, you must call the dispatcher to send a taxi for you.
The problem with Mom’s
I try to avoid using Mom’s (I used to use them frequently), because of one serious issue. They are very slow. The other day we were at Walmart and called Mom’s, it took them 2 hours to get there and pick us up. That is just too long for a 15 minute (or less) ride.
However, the City Buses only run up until 5:30 or 6 PM, so after those hours you pretty much have no other choice. I do try to arrange my schedule, though, so that I don’t have to rely on Mom’s because a wait of 1 to 1 1/2 hours is the norm.
If you work at a major employer, there are a lot of carpools operating. For example, Feyma and Chris work at Tyson. Tyson has about 2,200 employees.
Going into work, they ride the City Bus (paid one, the free one does not go there). They have to arrive at work by 4:30 PM or so.
However, coming home, the City Bus is closed up for the night. They get off work at 1:30 AM. They used to ride Mom’s taxi after work, but now they participate in a carpool after work. They pay $20 per week for being part of the carpool, so cheaper than the taxi.
The options are great
Overall, I would have to say that these options are great. They are convenient. They are cheap (hard to beat FREE). The drivers are friendly.
I can’t complain. I have to say, Logansport is a great community to live in.