At first, fbb struggled with "Zones", taking his lead from the map on First Bristol's web site as part of his pre-travel preparation.
Well now; the fbb's have got the electric; both can work iPlayer and Netflix on Mr Logie Baird's new invention; both have and use smart-ish phones and both purchase goods on-line and are almost computer literate (on a good day!).
At least it would be if he didn't have to faff around with an "App" - he could cope with "Contactless" - just about.
When in Glasgow or Edinburgh has he always buys the day ticket - with money, even if he doesn't always get good value; because his National Old Codger's card is not valid nationally and it is less hassle than fiddling with several fistfuls of shrapnel.
It is all too complex and mysterious for the occasional visitor, and occasional visitors to Bristol should be the jam spread thickly on the First Bus financial bread and butter. The vast majority of passengers joining the 8 at Temple Meads ...
Which reminds el chubbo. Why is bus publicity at Temple Meads so poor?
There are directions to some stops (for City centre and Airport) ...
Meanwhile, back on the M3, the on-bus displays ...
Of course, all these picky points will be irrelevant to the regular Brizzle Bussers who will soon learn to cope with the quirks of technology. Like the reader not accepting valid Senior passes (at least one refused on each journey fbb took) - and the lady's valid phone ticket which was declined with an aggressive belch on the M3 and nodded through by the driver after four journey-delaying electronic attempts.
Technology does not (yet) have all the answers or all the reliability. Cash usually works quite well and there are millions of bus passengers who prefer it.
One final point - - - T S B!
P.S. Monolith vandalism has already started at Emerson's Green.
Or is there a hidden agenda? Fares increases are less obvious, less painful, if you don't have to get the cash out of your pocket, wallet, handbag or antique sovereign case.
Despite these niggles, First has upped its game impressively in Bristol; a few tweaks would take it up to another even higher level.
If Bristol, then why not Sheffield? See tomorrow for exciting developments from Buses for Sheffield (?).