Kevin B. Smith
Also, use 1 card of same color of your town and you can move "anywhere"... isn't this too strong?
I believe that only works if you are at a bus station, of which there is one per color. So typically you would have to take a couple steps to get to the bus station, and then discard a card of that color to travel anywhere on the board, or discard a card of the destination color to move to any point in that area.
I haven't played the game, so I can't say whether it's too strong or not. Just that it's not quite as strong as your description sounded.
As for replayability (variability), I suspect they're counting on the old ones (and sanity) to shake things up in ways that Pandemic didn't have.