#TransitThursday - what have you found riding transit?                                                                      





Spare change? 
A quiet moment to read?
Time to listen to a podcast? 
An umbrella?
A different perspective of your city?
A new spot you want to check out?
A nice view?
LOVE?

I say LOVE because not only have many people met their future special someone, while riding the bus or train, but many have also found a new mode that they LOVE!

@TriangleTransit and @GoTriangle will be kicking off the #GoLove campaign this week. It’s a way to celebrate transit and the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday through a literal scavenger hunt on the bus and online! 

Clues will lead you to new places, great transit routes, places to check out, websites, blogs, videos and more! Your job is to sleuth your way through the #GoLove clues to find something new you LOVE. If you solve the #GoLove scavenger hunt, you can win super awesome prizes! And hey, you may even discover a new reason to LOVE transit.

As TranspoCamp DC and #TRBAM come to a close, I am reminded what I have found riding transit, and that is my transit friends; amazing, passionate people who also LOVE transit and want to make your transit experience awesome! AKA the #TransitNerdHerd. Pictured above is a photo from this year’s 2nd Annual #TransitNerdHerd DC Dinner. (Photo credits go to @tweetsupa) 

So tell us this #TransitThursday, what have you found from riding transit?

Don’t forget the hashtag or we can’t hear what you have to say!

HAPPY #TransitThursday, y’all!

#TransitThursday - what have you found riding transit?

Spare change?
A quiet moment to read?
Time to listen to a podcast?
An umbrella?
A different perspective of your city?
A new spot you want to check out?
A nice view?
LOVE?

I say LOVE because not only have many people met their future special someone, while riding the bus or train, but many have also found a new mode that they LOVE!

@TriangleTransit and @GoTriangle will be kicking off the #GoLove campaign this week. It’s a way to celebrate transit and the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday through a literal scavenger hunt on the bus and online!

Clues will lead you to new places, great transit routes, places to check out, websites, blogs, videos and more! Your job is to sleuth your way through the #GoLove clues to find something new you LOVE. If you solve the #GoLove scavenger hunt, you can win super awesome prizes! And hey, you may even discover a new reason to LOVE transit.

As TranspoCamp DC and #TRBAM come to a close, I am reminded what I have found riding transit, and that is my transit friends; amazing, passionate people who also LOVE transit and want to make your transit experience awesome! AKA the #TransitNerdHerd. Pictured above is a photo from this year’s 2nd Annual #TransitNerdHerd DC Dinner. (Photo credits go to @tweetsupa)

So tell us this #TransitThursday, what have you found from riding transit?

Don’t forget the hashtag or we can’t hear what you have to say!

HAPPY #TransitThursday, y’all!

All I wanted for Christmas was an old lady cart…

Last week for #TransitThursday @gotriangle posted some great gift ideas for the fav commuter in your life. They even suggested that maybe if you are that commuter, you TREAT. YO. SELF.

So, did you receive the commuter gift that was on your wish list? 

  • Maybe it was an umbrella for staying dry at the bus stop?
  • A flashlight for waving down your bus on an early morning?
  • A great pair of walking shoes for walking to the train?
  • A bell or a lock for your bike?
  • Some gloves to keep your hands warm while you wait for the train or bus?
  • A lanyard for carrying your transit pass?
  • An I <3 TRANSIT travel mug for your coffee?
  • Or just some other cool transit shwag to show off your transit pride?

I’ve got to say, I was a very lucky gal this year; I must have been good! I received two new transit map shower curtains for my new digs (MBTA and WMTA), an awesome I <3 Public Transit mug made from corn (sustainable, practical and awesome), a new travel mug for my morning coffee, and I found an awesome transit accessible apartment!

And not to sound ungrateful or unappreciative, quite the contrary – but the one thing I really, really, really wanted for Christmas was an old lady shopping cart.

My hubby searched high and low in Charlotte and could not find one in a store. I’m still convinced it’s because they are clearly all the rave and flew right off the shelves before he was able to find one. ((CLEARLY.))

Laugh if you must, but I think the old lady shopping cart is an essential for the transit commuter. You can carry anything from your laundry to your groceries! I mean, come on – 10,000 old ladies can’t be wrong!!

Still not convinced it’s the coolest thing ever, check out these blogs about the resurgence of the old lady cart:

 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/22/dining/too-old-to-use-a-stroller-for-groceries-too-young-to-retire.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

 http://www.cities21.org/granny.htm

 http://nonficwriter.wordpress.com/tag/folding-shopping-cart/

 http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/easy-does-it-folding-shopping-carts-186496

 http://mymidlifemakeover.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/old-lady-folding-shopping-carts/

I’ve decided to take @gotriangle’s advice and TREAT. YO. SELF. I am now on the hunt for the perfect old lady cart. Right now I’m leaning toward the:

Narita™ Super Swiveling Shopping Cart (in black)

http://www.cartsonthego.com/super-swiveling-shopping-cart

Deluxe Hooded Liner (in green) 

http://www.cartsonthego.com/deluxe-hooded-liner

It has swiveling front wheels and can carry up to 250 pounds of stuff! How awesome is that? 

Sure, there are prettier and more stylish carts out there, but what can beat 250 pounds of stuff?! I can walk, board the bus, complete all of my errands and get it all back on the bus with ease!

Ok, I know… I’m a little too excited about the idea of this old lady cart.

So why don’t you share with us what you received for the holidays?

Did you receive an awesome commuter gift or maybe just something cool to show off your transit pride? Tell us, but don’t forget the hashtag #TransitThursday

And the winner is…

Well, it was an even split between light rail and heavy rail/subway. So clearly, we’re fans of fixed guideway!

When asked why, you said… it’s efficient, fast and all around AWESOME! And hey, what do you know, it’s also what most of you ride every day (or wish you had in your community)

LOVING OUR TRANSIT FANS! Keep up the support for awesome transit options in your community!! 

We also asked what you would like for the next #TransitThursday topic to be. Guess what?! Today’s topic is one of them! So thanks for contributing to this week’s topic!

Here it is!

Tell us about: Transit agencies with the best social media presence. Please do not use this as an opportunity to complain about your agency, but feel free to note where they DO shine! Remember, #TransitThursday is all about celebrating transit, so STAY POSITIVE.

  • Tell us what you like about their presence?
  • What are they doing to engage you?
  • What platforms do they use (twitter, facebook, pinterest, vine, something else?)
  • What types of information do you appreciate? (facts, infographics, upcoming meeting information, answers to questions, surveys, photos?

What makes this transit agency a social media maven? 

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #TransitThursday or we can’t hear you!

meghanplanstransit
meghanplanstransit:


It’s a meme kind of day. Today’s #TransitThursday topic: make your own meme &amp; share it! 
Don’t forget the hashtag #TransitThursday
Here’s one meme generator site: http://memegenerator.net

Share a great one and we&#8217;ll pin it to our pinterest site! Need some inspiration? Check out what we have so far!
http://www.pinterest.com/mamakoid/transitthursday-meme/

Not feeling creative this morning? Repin or retweet your fav! Just don&#8217;t forget the hashtag #TransitThursday or we can&#8217;t hear you!

meghanplanstransit:

It’s a meme kind of day. Today’s #TransitThursday topic: make your own meme & share it!

Don’t forget the hashtag #TransitThursday

Here’s one meme generator site: http://memegenerator.net

Share a great one and we’ll pin it to our pinterest site!

Need some inspiration? Check out what we have so far!

http://www.pinterest.com/mamakoid/transitthursday-meme/

Not feeling creative this morning? Repin or retweet your fav! Just don’t forget the hashtag #TransitThursday or we can’t hear you!

Atlantic Cities, Eric Jaffe (@e_jaffe), features a story today about how living near GOOD public transit is correlated with increased satisfaction and quality of life.

So we want to know, what does GOOD transit mean to you?

* Is it mode (rail vs. bus)?
* Is it exclusive or dedicated right of way (rail and BRT vs. streetcar and local bus)?
* Or is frequency = freedom to you?
* Perhaps you prefer the amenities, is it wifi and tv’s?
* Do you like to know exactly when your bus is going to arrive?
* is it accessibility? Making sure there are good sidewalk connections, bus pads for your wheelchair, kneeling buses so you don’t have to climb those stairs with your walker?
* Is it audible announcements of intersections to tell you where you are in your trip?
* Is it a bike rack, do you can carry your bike with you and continue your trip?
* Is it a route that’s direct, with few stops?
* Is it a quiet vehicle, so you can clear your mind?

Tell us this #TransitThursday what makes for GOOD public transit?

It&#8217;s a #TransitThursday celebration! why do you &lt;3 your #Transit Driver?
Today&#8217;s topic was inspired by @TransitGurrl. In her blog post today entitled: "Have you Hugged Your Driver Today?" she discusses the many reasons why we should be thankful for the people who do this often thankless job. Her blog post is in response to the bus driver in Seattle that was shot Monday. I think it&#8217;s a great reminder for all of us to take a step back, leave our own baggage at the door, and say thank you to our transit drivers.
Transit drivers do so much for us, and yet we so rarely take the opportunity to say thank you.
I&#8217;ve shared before about one of my favorite transit drivers at CATS, Lonny Earnhardt &lt;Pictured above. Picture courtesy of CATS via Charlotte Magazine&gt; Yes, in case you were wondering, Lonny is in fact a distant cousin of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., the NASCAR race car driver. Clearly driving runs in his family!
Lonny ALWAYS has a smile on his face. He is one of the few people that I&#8217;ve come across in this life that I can honestly say, absolutely positively LOVES his job. 
Does he have to deal with uncooperative patrons, bad traffic, early mornings, long shifts, and thankless days? Yes. But he always manages to do his job with a smile, unaffected by all of the things that would otherwise ruin a good day in my book.
We have so many drivers like Lonny who greet us, ask us how we&#8217;re doing, help us when we&#8217;re lost or new to an area, give us good restaurant recommendations, take us to our destination safely, remind us to grab all of our belongings, bid us good day wishes, or simply give us a smile when we leave to let us know that everything is going OK.
So this #TransitThursday, let&#8217;s celebrate our #transit operators! Share why you appreciate your favorite transit driver. Don&#8217;t forget to use the hashtag #TransitThursday in your response.
And hey, when you go home on your bus or train&#8230; smile, wave or thank your driver for the job that they do each and every day for you.

It’s a #TransitThursday celebration! why do you <3 your #Transit Driver?

Today’s topic was inspired by @TransitGurrl. In her blog post today entitled: "Have you Hugged Your Driver Today?" she discusses the many reasons why we should be thankful for the people who do this often thankless job. Her blog post is in response to the bus driver in Seattle that was shot Monday. I think it’s a great reminder for all of us to take a step back, leave our own baggage at the door, and say thank you to our transit drivers.

Transit drivers do so much for us, and yet we so rarely take the opportunity to say thank you.

I’ve shared before about one of my favorite transit drivers at CATS, Lonny Earnhardt <Pictured above. Picture courtesy of CATS via Charlotte Magazine> Yes, in case you were wondering, Lonny is in fact a distant cousin of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., the NASCAR race car driver. Clearly driving runs in his family!

Lonny ALWAYS has a smile on his face. He is one of the few people that I’ve come across in this life that I can honestly say, absolutely positively LOVES his job. 

Does he have to deal with uncooperative patrons, bad traffic, early mornings, long shifts, and thankless days? Yes. But he always manages to do his job with a smile, unaffected by all of the things that would otherwise ruin a good day in my book.

We have so many drivers like Lonny who greet us, ask us how we’re doing, help us when we’re lost or new to an area, give us good restaurant recommendations, take us to our destination safely, remind us to grab all of our belongings, bid us good day wishes, or simply give us a smile when we leave to let us know that everything is going OK.

So this #TransitThursday, let’s celebrate our #transit operators! Share why you appreciate your favorite transit driver. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #TransitThursday in your response.

And hey, when you go home on your bus or train… smile, wave or thank your driver for the job that they do each and every day for you.