Free Rides in My City

By Rufo
@Shavkat (114931)
Philippines
October 13, 2021 5:01am CST
Not long ago, the mini-buses in my city are giving free rides to people who are authorized to go out. I must say that it is a big help for them to have free rides. I sometimes ride on them if going to the market and vice-versa. Do you also have this at your place?
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@Vree0937 (2343)
• Indonesia
13 Oct
we had free school bus and off course company bus. But in big cities, giving free ride might be not a good idea as cost of gasoline and traffic make it too expensive
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@cacay1 (63127)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
13 Oct
@Vree0937, it's buses from the government and it operates during pandemic during lockdown for not all have wheels.
@cacay1 (63127)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
13 Oct
There are school buses and company buses but the buses here are for those who prefer f2f work not WFH and all students here from nursery to tertiary are doing online classes. The free rides are for those one member in the family to go out to buy essential needs in ECQ and no cars. At home it's me and my niece to buy essentials at home but we don't ride free buses. I have my own car so with my niece. Somehow I may ride on those free ride buses after the pandemic.
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@Shavkat (114931)
• Philippines
13 Oct
@Vree0937 I do agree that the gasoline price spikes here lately. So the local government had this free ride implemented.
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@JudyEv (255357)
• Rockingham, Australia
13 Oct
Pensioners can get free train and bus travel here. In the centre of the city there are also buses which go on three separate routes just around the city centre and they are free too.
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@cacay1 (63127)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
13 Oct
@JudyEv, it's also the same in New Zealand. Dennis was entitled of free postal, free train, free big bus. When we went to downtown Auckland, we rode on mini train for I requested it to experience hehe and he got free ride back and forth. That's wonderful and will never happen again even in my dreams.
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@Shavkat (114931)
• Philippines
13 Oct
It is also given that the senior citizens will be having free rides. I prefer that my mom not ride public transportations like this, except for the taxi. It is best for her to ride a taxi because it is safer from having coronavirus.
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@cacay1 (63127)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
13 Oct
@Shavkat, don't let your mom go out from home, it's risky.
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@franxav (10564)
• India
13 Oct
Rides are not free in Kolkata. We pay and the fare is gone higher after the rise in fuel prices.
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@Shavkat (114931)
• Philippines
13 Oct
It is also the same thing here. The local public transportations, such as jeepneys, taxis and that includes mini-buses went up to their fares. If I cannot see this kind of bus, I prefer to do brisk walking.
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@cacay1 (63127)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
13 Oct
@franxav, what about the senior citizens in your country , do they also pay? Or discounted?
@cacay1 (63127)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
13 Oct
@Shavkat it's a global problem especially this time when Taliband took over Afghanistan the great source of oil.
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@sjvg1976 (30202)
• Delhi, India
13 Oct
No, we don't have such a facility over here. Good that you have it in your city. That would be a big help for the people who are going through a financial crisis these days.
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@Shavkat (114931)
• Philippines
13 Oct
I sometimes cannot ride on them because they are only a few buses like this here. It was during the pandemic that they started to come out in public. Last week, I saw two vans that provide free rides, too. However, I prefer not to ride them. Why? Vans are so enclosed compared to mini-buses.
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@cacay1 (63127)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
13 Oct
@Shavkat it's not good to keep on going out.
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@Shavkat (114931)
• Philippines
18 Oct
@cacay1 I do agree with you. I prefer to walk most of the time than riding on them.
@cacay1 (63127)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
13 Oct
Yes there are 2 big buses in the city carrying passengers going to town to town. Buses from President Duterte government. It's been almost 2 years now. But I haven't ridden that yet.
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@Shavkat (114931)
• Philippines
13 Oct
Why not try to have a joy ride with them? Honestly, I prefer riding a taxi.
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@cacay1 (63127)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
13 Oct
@Shavkat, I have my own car. I own a car since 19 94, the first was Nissan Sentra. My niece at home too also has her own car 2 years old and she almost fully paid it. Somehow I plan to fry riding a free ride bus.
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@Shavkat (114931)
• Philippines
18 Oct
@cacay1 That's nice. If it is traffic, it is so hassle of being stuck here with your car.
@eileenleyva (26937)
• Philippines
13 Oct
Yes. The free rides are mandatory, I think. Several junctions at EDSA show long queues of workers waiting for the free rides.
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@Shavkat (114931)
• Philippines
13 Oct
I am glad that it also happens there. I sometimes see them park and refraining themselves not to let the locals ride on these free ride buses. I think I need to investigate more about this claim.
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@eileenleyva (26937)
• Philippines
14 Oct
@Shavkat Which makes us surmise that the taxes we pay are really more than enough to sustain the citizens' needs. There are funds for our health care, funds for our public utility services, funds for our city landscapes conducive for the betterment of our being.... etc. Except that our coffers had been robbed by inside job. Grrrr. This pandemia has proven that the government could afford taking care of all a hundred million of us, if only the robbers did not get so greedy. The public need not thank the government for the free rides. It is our taxes that worked for us.
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@Shavkat (114931)
• Philippines
18 Oct
@eileenleyva I agree. Even the availability of the vaccines, they had provided to the locals.
@rakski (101601)
• Philippines
13 Oct
No free rides here
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@Shavkat (114931)
• Philippines
13 Oct
I think this is only implemented in provinces.
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@cacay1 (63127)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
13 Oct
@Shavkat there are here and yes in provinces.
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@rakski (101601)
• Philippines
13 Oct
@Shavkat aw, we are excluded in the metro
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@JimBo452020 (63865)
• Montrose, Scotland
14 Oct
I am surprised that people there need to be authorised to go out.
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@Shavkat (114931)
• Philippines
15 Oct
At first, I got confused. I thought that these authorized people are the frontliners.
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@JimBo452020 (63865)
• Montrose, Scotland
15 Oct
@Shavkat Why can everyone not go out Is Covid still really bad there?
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@Shavkat (114931)
• Philippines
16 Oct
@JimBo452020 The Delta variant had reported cases here.
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@DocAndersen (50530)
• United States
13 Oct
funny thing is they did this for most of Covid lockdown (free busy rides). but they started charging again as of October 1
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@Shavkat (114931)
• Philippines
13 Oct
I agree. They actually increased the gasoline prices when implemented this.
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@DocAndersen (50530)
• United States
13 Oct
@Shavkat now that is an interesting way to do it
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@May2k8 (16242)
• Indonesia
18 Oct
Nothing is free here if we want to take public transportation of course we have to pay.
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@Shavkat (114931)
• Philippines
20 Oct
At some point, it can be said. There is nothing free anymore. The drivers of these mini-buses were paid by the local government here.
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@allknowing (101251)
• India
14 Oct
Nothing free here just fresh air (lol)
• China
13 Oct
In the city where I live, buses are free for the elderly
@db20747 (38338)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
13 Oct
This is a good service. We had free bus rides for a year