As Metro has struggled with a loss of rail riders due to Safetrack maintenance surges, some riders have opted for the bus, and have been surprised to find them to be generally efficient, reliable and pleasant. While some people only avoid buses because they find their schedules and routes confusing, others have more ingrained negative perceptions of buses. To some, they are not just slow, but dirty and “sketchy.” Kojo explores the subtle stigma of buses, including the racial and economic data behind what forms of public transit people choose.


  • Martine Powers Transportation and Development reporter, Washington Post @MartinePowers
  • Peter Tomao Montgomery Advocacy Manager, Coalition for Smarter Growth @TomaoPete
  • Veronica O. Davis Co-Owner, Nspiregreen LLC; Contributor, Greater Greater Washington

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