Southeast Eugene: Transportation

This was the first time for me to visit Southeast Eugene by myself. Every time Jenni took us to there. On rainy Monday night, I experienced kind of culture shock on transportation system here, though I’ve already stayed here for more than 1 year. This is because the bus station around Southeast Eugene was totally empty, and also because I uncousciously compared the transportation here with the one in Tokyo, my home city.

At 18:16, I was at the bus stop by the University of Oregon to take the 28 bus, and this was the last bus going to South Eugene direction. Just 10 minutes later, I was standing at the corner of 30th and Hilyard Street. Rain fall on me mercilessly, and I realized almost no one waliking around, just passing a number of cars.

A corner in Southeast Eugene area

I walked around familiar places such as The Old Pad, Jiffy Market, and Mazzi’s, but I did not feel like dropping by these places alone. Rain still falling strongly. At this point, I started to feel incovenience to looking around this area. I was convinced that cars are essential, and transportation system here is not good enough at least to me.

As opposed to here, people do not always need a car in Tokyo because the transportation system is completely provided. I’m pretty sure that trains and subways are the best in the world in terms of quietness, safety, and its convenience. At rush hours, trains come every 2 minutes in the center of Tokyo, but even this does not enough to carry people. Trains are always crowed with business people, students, and visitor.

No one was at Amazon Station

I agree with the idea that Eugene’s transportation is prepared and well-organized. If we want to go somewhere, some buses pass by the place, so we do not feel inconvenience so much. But the schedules are not provided enough. Buses come every 1 hour, or at most every thirty minutes. I personally cannot stand such a long time because I had already got used to trains that come every 2 minutes. This is not only me, but most of people. In fact, on my way to home from my neighborhood, I visited Amazon Station to catch another bus to go back to the school, and I noticed that no one is at the station.

Transportations between two countries are so different each other. Probably, when American people visit Tokyo for the first time, they may feel that the city is squalid and tight. But the cities in the United States are too big to walk around. I felt againg this from my own rainy trip on Monday.

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Seiga Ohtani is a public relations professional based in Tokyo, Japan.
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