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Memoirs of a Saturday evening in a bus station

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Memoirs Of A Saturday Evening In A Bus Station

By Lee McCardell

Those Blue Ridge bus passengers who last week were reluctant to give up their seats to wounded soldiers may have been veterans in their own right—veterans of the summer Saturday afternoon battle for seats on Blue Ridge busses bound west from Baltimore.

This is the way the battle goes: Say you want to go to Braddock Heights on the bus leaving the Greyhound Bus Terminal, Baltimore station of the Blue Ridge line, at 6.15 P.M.

Three Queues For Tickets

You arrive well ahead of time, line up for your ticket—there are long queues at the three ticket windows—and ask, when you get your ticket:
"Where do I get the bus for Braddock Heights?"
"It will be announced," replies the ticket agent.
You sit down in the waiting room. At 6 o'clock you are still listening for your bus to be announced. Other travelers have warned you that you should be on the platform early if you hope to get aboard. So you go out onto the concourse from where the busses leave.

The only bus company employee in sight is a redcap. You ask him:
"Where do I get the bus for Braddock Heights?"

Stick Around, Says Redcap

"Just stick around," he says. "It will be announced." ... (click on the PDF to read the rest of the story.)


Lee Cardell, Baltimore Evening Sun


Collection Location:
Enoch Pratt Free Library

Bus terminal, Hagerstown (Md.) , 1940-1960.

Hagerstown, Md., 1940-1970

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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