As I look across the window, across flatlands, mountains, and rivers I now recall the bus ride I had to take across the country to try to relocate. I started in Eastern Pennsylvania with good thoughts. And from start to finish then start again all of the employees of Greyhound bus lines all share a common goal. Get you where your going in a timely fashion and hope you have a good time doing so. I am not trying to put Greyhound down or cause any kind of stir, but if the company wants honest reviews then they will take all of this into consideration.
I had many stops in the inner-city places that looked as if the buildings were out of the middle ages. Beautifully constructed and still standing, these objects should get an overhaul and be more modern and moved out of the drug infested neighborhoods that some are actually in. I found that the counter agents were extremely friendly and helpful in more ways than I had expected. They really knew the areas that they were in and helped you find local interests and even offered to get you numbers, addresses, and names of contacts to guide you through your way. Not only were they helpful as guides but also as friends, they spoke pleasantly and tried their best to treat you as family. that came in handy as you had layovers and made your time waiting as pleasant as possible.
At all the major city terminals a show of force was in place since 9/11 and the security force whether it as hired guards or local police did their best to prevent the drug dealers, and homeless from trying to rob you of your change and personal items. The biggest problem that I had encountered that the security couldn’t control was the few prostitutes that frequent the areas and they were able to sneak in and try to sell their wares. They did there best to show you that they were in charge their and it showed. they checked identifications, searched you with wands to deter weapons and when they had time amused single parents and children and really cared about your journey. I also saw them tend elderly and babies, helped teens and middle aged alike and it didn’t matter what race,creed, or color you were treated equally. They really tried to put you at ease in the environment you were in.
On this particular jaunt I made; the strangest part of it all was how friendly the drivers were. The drivers of Greyhound have the most difficult task of dealing with so many personalities and walks of life that they get a great big salute and job well done from me. I can honestly say that I never felt safer in any mode of transportation and offer my sincere thanks for making my trip most enjoyable. They have the task of playing driver, referee, friend, security, and guide. And it isn’t a job I envy. To the men and women drivers of Greyhound I offer you you my utmost respect and will always get it from the time I check-in until I am at my final destination.
The buses, even though they do get cramped from being filled to maximum capacity, were quite comfortable and well maintained. The crews that take care of them do their best and their was no graffiti in any that i was on and that showed me that the company does its best and have well maintained crews that care enough to keep them as clean as possible. that goes to the men and women that work out on the docks unloading luggage and trying to keep the areas clean of litter, drunks, and cigarettes. Those men and women have it tough from people trying to take luggage and confirm who’s is who’s and what buses it has to go to next. Some of the people are to anxious to get their stuff but the attendants did their best and i never lost a piece of luggage. I found that incredible.
A few stops along the route seam not to exist on any map but they are there. You can make yourself as comfortable as possible at these places as you spend 25 minutes in line with others just to use a shared bathroom. Or you may just want to get a quick snack. And if you saw what they sold you as a snack or knew what was really in there you wouldn’t be likely to want to eat for the next few months. The prices they charge for food in some of these little backyard shops remind me of the current gas prices, always going up for the stupidest reasons. Finding bus stops near fast food places is always fun and I like to watch the masses converge on these places spend a lot of money in a short period of time. Or you can spend your time at the terminals that offer wending machines that really rip you off and your funds disappear even quicker as you spend $1.75 for a 12 ounce coke or $1.50 for a 1.5 ounce bag of chips.( Coke, Pepsi, and Frito lay really know how to rob you)
The one thing i found that Greyhound really needs help in is their “snack boxes”. They sell them for a decent price but really need to have them checked for freshness and make sure the pre-packaged food isn’t spoiling or out coded. I bought one and found the contents completely inedible. I vowed never to trust them again. Greyhound really needs to hire people to check the quality of these and make better arrangements to dispose of them and get some kind of refund from the vendors for out dated or out coded items.
One thing i wish to know from Greyhound is that why at 1:00 in the morning you still wind up paying a kings ransom for a quick hot meal? I ate one out of desperation and wound up paying over $9.00 for a 4 ounce burger, fries and 16 ounce drink. And looking to see what i could i noticed so many health violations I couldn’t even eat what I paid for. I do hope that they improve this matter and try to bring the prices for the food under some kind of control. It would be in their best interest and would show they really care about the customers they serve. On a positive note the rest rooms were well maintained and stocked and i was glad to see the employees taking pride in the fact that the rest rooms needed attention and acted promptly to maintain cleanliness.
If for whatever reason you do decide to use Greyhound to get to your destination you will most likely meet the most colorful and lively bunch of people. Some have led interesting lives and are willing to share stories with you, some just need to get away and visit relatives or friends, while others are just looking to start over somewhere new. But all in all I have to say that no matter where you are from, who you are, and why you are riding the bus you are most welcome to sit near me, or next to me and will be as good a friend as some of the other passengers i have ridden with.