The bus ride was somewhat anticlimactic. A custom painted school bus is still a school bus, a cool school bus, but a school bus. It seems that everybody rides free. The driver tried to tell this but I did not understand, so he took a quarter. Some other people paid a quarter as well. The really colourful buses also have moneytakers, so the bus I was on must of been public transit, and the others private.
It was fun watching the driver maneuver his way through traffic like a battleship sailing through a fleet of row boats.
More buses on Picasa; https://photos.app.goo.gl/4Ua28xsNGE4b933r8
A final note on Panama City, while shopping is not my sport, I am thinking that any visitor who arrives here with empty suitcases will get some excellent deals on stuff from everywhere.