Jacqui Alienatwe and others on the bus

Jacqui Alienaitwe (far right) is a regular commuter from Ballina to Lismore

A local bus devotee is on a quest to change people’s perception about catching public transport just in time for #CarFreeFeb.

Ballina local, Jacqueline Alinaitwe has been catching the new Ballina – Byron – Lismore commuter bus since the trial route began in December 2017 and says it saves her time, money and stress.

“It’s just 40 minutes from Ballina to the centre of Lismore, and though travel by car might be slightly quicker, when you take into account all that you can do on the bus, it actually saves you so much time,” Ms Alinaitwe said.

“You can read a book, catch up on work, and some buses have free Wi-Fi so you can get your social media fix on the bus, giving you more time to spend with your family at home. When I catch the bus I’m not as stressed because I’m not worrying about the journey home, crazy drivers or parking worries, and there are cost savings also,” Ms Alinaitwe said.

Ms Alinaitwe calculated the cost of her weekly bus pass to be almost half the cost of the petrol used when was driving and said she was also saving wear and tear on her own vehicle.

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