Bus Lady

Behold the beauty of Houston’s Bus Lady, Janis Scott, who may singlehandedly boost public transportation with her bountiful enthusiasm for the humble city bus …

Houston was in the midst of a big effort to redesign their bus system from scratch when Janis Scott appeared, as if by magic. It turns out she had been there, boosting bus morale behind the scenes, for years. Documentary filmmakers, out to make a movie about the rebirth of the city’s public transportation, decided to give Janis her own 4 minutes of fame in the flick above.

Her smile and simply wonderful wisdom are arguably more persuasive than an entire city’s propaganda.

“There’s all types of reasons to ride the bus,” Janis encourages. “Make new friends, learn about things … you want to get people out of their cars and mix, mix, mix. That’s true in any city. Try it, you’ll like it!”


  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    The Bus Lady is terrific! What a city ambassador for badly needed public transportation and a friend to thousands of citizens in Houston. Her collaborative and positive message is an example of how we can make our cities friendlier and more livable. Thanks for sharing this today!

  2. Amy Cloud Chambers says:

    The whole world needs this dear lady! Think of the improvements in our health and well being if more people rode the bus. Around here you almost never see more than one person per car on the highway at rush hour. It’s such a shame.

  3. Krista says:

    The Bus Lady is the perfect spokeswoman for public transportation. She sees nothing but the positive and the potentially possibilities of riding amongst others of different ages and backgrounds. About 2 minutes up the road from us we have a highly used public transportation route that hits all major cities and takes you directly to the airport. My family travels this way when we need to fly. The ticket to ride to and from costs extremely less then gas and parking!

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