The problem with using metaphors to make sense of how the world works is that at some point they "tip" and they become the explanation of why it works that way.
An unintended use with unintended and intended consequences
We're focusing so much on getting on the bus that we forget who's driving, its speed and direction.
It has limited capacity, hence the throwing under the bus.
A buy strategy where you sign up to do someone else's bidding.
The admission ticket is the intention to cash out as soon as possible with the least amount of effort.
The bus dispatchers can't wait to get you on the bus, because that's how they ship.
You're their product, complete with points and scores. Just like a winning horse.
All the elbowing and labor gets you to the finish gate, except you're still a horse.
There is no bus.
Businesses sail on the wind of trade.
Take control of your promises, speak clearly and act appropriately, and you'll be able to make better promises. Those which give back strength, resilience, and endurance to the business.