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• Reading • Listening to music • Sleeping / napping / resting • Working • Catching up on emails • Using social media / tweeting • Texting • Talking to friends • Talking to strangers • People watching • Listening to other people’s conversations • Eating / drinking (only on some systems) • Enjoying the scenery / seeing things you don’t get to notice while driving • Enjoying the company of others in the community • Thinking / planning the day
Others talked about the differences over driving:
• Not having to drive • A cheap & convenient way to travel • Not having to worry about parking • Not having to pay for parking • Avoiding the pump • Not having to pay car payments or car insurance • Ability to use transit to be multimodal • Avoiding congestion • Not having to deal with traffic • Avoiding road rage After all, when was the last time you heard someone say they had “transit rage!”
A few people even touched on the environmental benefits:
• Knowing that you’re doing your part • Helping to save the planet • Actively choosing to not be an SOV
Some answers were pretty entertaining, I’ll leave it at that! Check out my storify for a copy of the tweets from #TransitThursday. Forgive me for any redundant tweets, as several tweets were retweeted by multiple people. I did my best to capture them all! I hope you enjoy!

8 Mar

#TransitThursday (click here for the storify)

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