The last time Michael Hardy rode a city bus before a recent chilly Tuesday morning, he was taking it to high school – in 1954.
Much has changed since the 74-year-old and other seniors bumping along Scott Street in a Metropolitan Transit Authority bus had been aboard: Riders can pay for trips with fare cards, transfers don’t require paper and the bus can kneel or unfold a ramp to help them board if they have a bum knee or use a wheelchair.
Hardy knows driving will become more difficult as he gets older, and he plans to start taking the bus to get to the doctor or downtown. He harbors no illusion of holding on to his driver’s license forever.
“I don’t want nobody to sue me and I lose my house,” he said. “No sir.”