Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Take the Bus! by Ray Cech

Wanna know a secret? Here it is...there's a way to go shopping, spend time with friends, have lunch and relax all in one great day without ever getting in your car.

How you ask? Ride the bus!! But this isn't just any bus... Since the beginning of time, On Top of the World Communities has had its very own bus for the convenience of residents who want to leave their car at home, yet get in a day at their favorite stores located in town.

Whether you're going to Stein Mart, Walmart, Dillard's or any other areas along SR 200 in Ocala, the most economical, convenient and social way to get to those places is by riding the On Top of the World bus.

Jim French, who has been driving the On Top of the World bus for more than four years says, "With the price of gas, the best way to get anywhere is by riding my bus." When Jim talks about his bus being "friendly", he quickly relates a story or two about folks in the community who have made lifetime friends while riding the bus.

The social aspect is wonderful, but probably just as important is the convenience. Residents are picked up at a central location or if Jim's in the neighborhood, right by your front door. Then at the end of every shopping day, everyone gets dropped off at their front door or vehicle. "It's a great day out without having to think about the gas or parking lots," says Jim.

The new bus holds 14 passengers and is very comfy. When the bus schedule calls for a trip to the mall for instance, passengers will often do a bit of shopping and then jump into Five Guys for a burger, lunch at Applebee's or have ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery. Sometimes, the day doesn't have to be about shopping after all!

The On Top of the World bus has a regular schedule which can be found in the community telephone directory as well as the monthly community newspaper, On Top of the World News and on www.otowinfo.com.

So now the secret is out...take advantage of the bus!

Ray Cech is an On Top of the World resident and writer for the On Top of the World News


  1. Do you go to the airport?

  2. The On Top of the World bus only takes residents into town for shopping excursions. The bus does not make airport drop offs/pick ups. Take a look at the bus' schedule by copying the web address below and pasting it into your browser.