Bye-bye, big bus book

Unless you want to pay a dollar for the new version of the Capital Metro schedule book due out in January, hold on to your current copy of Destinations. The system is returning to a big and free route map, to be used in conjunction with individual pocket route schedules, also free. Few people carry the big Destinations book around with them, but in the years since the all-in-one schedule has been available, I’ve always found it to be very useful, in both a detailed and a big-picture way. There’s always a current one at home, at work, and in the household motor vehicle. I don’t know when this announcement went up on the Web site; an e-mail release went out yesterday afternoon. To me, it’s not quite clear whether the promised on-line PDF version is free; in any case, with the cost of printer toner what it is, it would be a decent guess that paying a dollar for a saddle-stitched printed copy would be cheaper than investing a lot of toner in a print-out of loose pages printed on one side if what’s wanted is the entire package of route and schedule information in one publication. The little route folders are portable, but not such a quick reference as the big book when traversing multiple, unfamiliar routes, when a bit of page-flipping outdoes unfolding individual schedules or even that handy-dandy all-in-one map. I can’t remember when the first big book appeared but, when it did, the map came stapled inside it and most of the old system of individual route maps and schedules disappeared for a long time, but first reappeared with the first ‘Dillos, as I recall. January will mark the institution of some route and schedule changes but I don’t think that my current Destinations booklets will lose their usefulness.

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