As you can see from the pictures (below) I took a few minutes ago... it's raining. That means that the humble commuters must walk an average of half a kilometer, that's about a third of a mile, down a steep hill to the only bus stop. No more waiting in our local covered bus shelter.
Last night there were lots of panicky phone calls:
"When will the bus be leaving Shiloh?"
"When will it get to Jerusalem?"
"How is my child supposed to get to school on time?"
"How will I get to work?"
"How can I get home with packages?"
"Doesn't anyone care?"
"Politics!!! They just want us to run away and leave our homes!!"
Yes, it seems like The public be damned! is alive and well here. If the "public servants" really cared about our needs, they would have allowed us to negotiate. Instead, those with cars and no need of public transportation negotiated, "representing" us, even though they have no real idea of our minimal requirements.
By the end of the day, I'll have reports from the field. That will include my own trip to work, which is always difficult. I rarely know how I'll be getting there, since there is no public transportation between Shiloh and Beit El. Usually I catch a few "tremps" (hitch a ride, sometimes it takes three or more) but I always calculated that there's a public bus which should at least get me part of the way. Now, that bus is too late to be of any real use.
Have a wonderful week
bus picture credit