Venezuelan Marta Espinoza said she leaves her home in Caracas at 6 a.m. On a good day, she said, it takes her about 3 hours to get to work every day. But it wasn't always that way.
The delays started in recent months, as bus drivers began to struggle to find what they need to keep up with maintenance. While patiently waiting in line, she held a sweater above her head to get some shade from the sun. Sometimes the journey, she said, could take 6 hours.
Bus driver Luis Colmenares said there are lots full of parked buses in need of repair. The local bus drivers' union estimates that about 75 percent of the buses are not functional.
"These are not working because they don't have tires," Colmenares said while standing next to a pair of large buses.
Since replacing parts is too expensive some drivers are using their ingenuity to make repairs. Experts worry about how this might be compromising the safety of the drivers and their passengers.
Claybur Castillo, a bus driver, said he has no choice. He can't afford to stay out of business, so he is working on a Band-Aid repair to get back to work as soon as possible.