TranspoCamp! 


A few weeks ago I attended #TranspoCampDC. My second “un-conference” centered on the topic of transportation. It’s the ultimate transportation geek fest. If you haven’t attended one, I highly recommend going. It’s a fun, interactive, un-planned, lead or be lead, participate or sit back, un-conference about the most awesome topic evah…Transportation! 

Guess what?! You don’t have to wait for TRB to roll around again to attend one. TranspoCamp is headed down South February 9, 2013. Join other awesome Transportation geeks at TranspoCampSouth in Atlanta, GA for the low, low price of $11.54!! 

FMI, check out http://transportationcamp.org/south/

So hop on the Amtrak, the megabus, the greyhound, or carpool down South! If you need a place to crash, contact the organizers, they will do their best to find a good couch for you to surf. They have also applied for scholarships, so if $11.54 is breaking the bank, contact them to see if you can qualify for a scholarship!!

Pack your bags and your ideas!

I’m attending TransportationCamp South in Atlanta on February 9th and you should too! $11.54 —> cheapest un-conference you’ll find this side of the Mason-Dixon ! Oh, did I mention that it includes lunch *AND* a t-shirt!

 

Y’all come!

A SPECIAL #TransitThursday VIDEO PREMIERE!

Atlanta’s FastTrack Forward Campaign presents:

Vote July 31 Better Intown Transit Atlanta

All thanks to you & the #TransitThursday we did a couple of months ago about our favorite movies and TV shows featuring transit. If you missed it, be sure to check it out:

Ashley Robbins (or as most of you know her on twitter - @cctgirl ) took all of your suggestions and developed this awesome campaign video. So, what a better place to debut this video, then right here with all of you who helped plant the seed with #TransitThursday!

Check it out the video, share it with all your friends (especially the ones in Atlanta) & RT it! Let’s spread the word this #TransitThursday to everyone in Atlanta to VOTE FOR the Regional Transportation Referendum July 31. #TIA2012

It’s #TransitThursday!

Today is a special #TransitThursday because it’s also @CCTgirl Ashley Robbins 30th Birthday!

Ashley and I met via twitter almost 2 years ago. Since then, we’ve forged a friendship through our love for all things transit!

For those of you who don’t know or follow @CCTgirl, you should. She is campaigning for the TIA, the Atlanta Region’s sales tax referendum campaign for transportation. If successful on July 31, long-awaited transportation funds will help untie Atlanta traffic; improving the quality of life for people in the Atlanta region, & helping to create jobs!

I’ve asked Ashley to come up with today’s #TransitThursday topic, but until then, let’s celebrate Ashley’s birthday by celebrating what she does to help the transportation industry & the people of the Atlanta region.

To celebrate @CCTgirl’s 30th, let’s kick off #TransitThursday with 30 reasons to fund transit! :-)

**Don’t forget to include the hashtag #TransitThursday

P.S. Bonus quiz: How many days has it been since Congress passed a transportation bill?? (Price is Right rules apply… closest without going over) #FundTransit

It’s #TransitThursday! Why do you ride transit?

It’s #TransitThursday and I’m headed out of town again! This time I’m in transit to Atlanta via @megabus to see @CCTgirl for the @YPTAtlanta chapter launch party.

Transit is a great way to travel, not only within your own city, but also between cities. Today, @megabus is taking me to Atlanta. So, while I sit back, relax, and leave the driving to someone else, I get to use this time to write this blog to you! I have free wifi, outlets, reclining seats, my laptop, iPhone, morning coffee and even a bagel. If I want to take a nap, I can. If I want to work, I can. If I want to tweet about transit, I can! All because I’m not driving!

$3 roundtrip! I literally spent more on my breakfast at Dunkin Donuts! (Not much more, but still!)

I don’t have to waste my money on $4 / gallon gas to fill up a car. Transit keeps money in my pocket and the option to spend on something other than gas!

Not to mention, I’m reducing my vehicle miles traveled and ultimately my carbon footprint! Last Saturday was Earth Day. Earth day is a day for us to take a moment to be mindful of the great gift of this little planet that we like to call home. 

Instead of driving, me and about 60 other people are choosing transit as our mode of travel to Atlanta. That’s 60 less cars on the road. 60 less people driving 243.8 miles each; that’s 14,384.2 vehicle miles saved — and that’s just one way!

We’re also traveling on a fuel efficient Vanhool bus that is operating on Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) with a diesel particulate filter. That means less emissions released into the atmosphere from the combustion of the fuel used to power this trip.

For me, transit is a no brainer…It’s a conscious decision that I choose to ride transit.I choose transit because I believe in doing my part to leave this planet the way it was when I arrived here 30 years ago; and hopefully to improve it a little bit too! 

I know we’ve talked about this topic before, but I really can’t get enough of it! So, whether it’s a conscious decision or it’s merely a convenience, why do you ride transit?

Tell us why you ride transit, but don’t forget to use the hashtag #TransitThursday!