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#TransitThursday 3/29/12 (Click Here for Storify)

29 Mar

For this week’s #TransitThursday, @CCTgirl asked us what we like to do while we are waiting for the bus or train.

Here’s what you said you enjoy doing while you wait:

  • Reading books/e-books, magazines, electronic papers
  • Knitting
  • Tweeting
  • Facebooking
  • Emailing
  • Preparing for the day
  • Thinking
  • Relaxing
  • People-watching
  • Taking in the streetscape
  • Snarking on fashion choices
  • Staring
  • Using our smartphones/iPads
  • Enjoy live music
  • Photographing
  • Talking to other people waiting
  • Informing people about transit related issues
  • Catch up on fav podcasts
  • Telling people about how we want to hit the lotto big / having conversations with strangers
  • Sleeping!

How other people wait for transit (courtesy of youtube & vimeo) 

What do you like to do while you’re waiting for the bus? This guy likes to dance… http://youtu.be/qHbzvIvNgTo #TransitThursday

Ahmet Ogut ‘Waiting for a Bus’ http://vimeo.com/31993378#TransitThursday

Inspiration for #TransitThursday from the Violent Femmes. What do you do while you’re waiting on the bus? http://youtu.be/Kq-wcyQhiQE

Doesn’t everyone like to paddle ball while waiting for the bus? This person does!! http://youtu.be/bp8LyIpVL6E #TransitThursday

Other ways we showed the #TransitThursday love today:

  • We rode transit for our commute
  • We rode transit to meetings
  • We rode transit to conduct field work
  • We shared our favorite transit photos (Portland bike & ride, Charlotte Transit system in 1985 & 1982, live music in the NYC subway)
  • We shared our hopes for our city’s transportation future
  • We learned about #TransitThursday and helped to spread the love!
  • We shared good transit reads
  • We shared haikus
  • We shared videos about waiting for the bus/train
  • We shared music about waiting for the bus/train
  • We shared awesome fun facts about transit!

 

Fun facts about transit courtesy of @MartinGsq:

  • Fuel prices are at a record high and still rising due to volatile oil prices. Public transport offers mega cost savings! #TransitThursday
  • Traffic fumes are a major source of pollution. Modern buses use biodiesel, CNG or hybrid drive to reduce emissions. #TransitThursday Research shows that 30 mins brisk walking per day brings a range of health benefits. Walking to/from bus stops counts too! #TransitThursday
  • Reading helps cognitive function, concentration, sleep quality and reduces stress. Travel time doesn’t have to be downtime! #TransitThursday
  • Taking public transport saves money on fuel, reduces CO2 emissions, combats congestion and helps your health!

 

Photos We Shared (Courtesy of @smedette @jameswillamor @ChrisMillerWBT):

@smedette Bike parking at one of PDX’s transit centers: Bike & Ride & bike parking #TransitThursday

@JamesWillamor What do I like to do while waiting for #transit? Enjoy the live music! #TransitThursday

@ChrisMillerWBT What #clt’s bus system looked like in November 1985: #transitthursday

@mamakoid And what it looked like in 1982 🙂 @ChrisMillerWBT @JustinHaugens #TransitThursday

 

AND WE INTERRUPT THIS BLOG POST FOR

****BREAKING #TRANSITTHURSDAY NEWS!!!!****

CONGRESS PASSES EXTENSION ON TRANSIT FUNDING FOR 90-DAYS

#TransitThursday News: RT @lloydbrown: RT @hilltransport: White House signals it will accept 90-day highway extension http://bit.ly/HixSSe

#TransitThursday News: RT @lloydbrown: Whew! The Senate just approved the House extension by unanimous consent.

#TransitThursday News: RT @klaingthehill: Senate approves 90-day highway extension; sending measure to President Obama http://bit.ly/HmJX6L

 

OTHER AWESOME TRANSIT NEWS:

@DonDoesIt Happy #TransitThursday! Exciting news: #AnnArbor & #DTW now have #pubtrans connectivity! http://on.fb.me/GZ7Pvq #transit

 

Thanks to everyone who participated in this week’s #TransitThursday!

I hope you’ve discovered new ways to spend your time waiting for your bus, train or ferry! The important message from this week’s celebration of transit is to recognize just how much time transit gives you back in your day; enjoy it!

RECLAIM YOUR TIME & RIDE TRANSIT!

 

CATCH UP ON PAST #TransitThursday topics or suggest a new one! Remember, it’s every Thursday and it’s all about celebrating transit!

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Celebrating #TransitThursday with #Haikus! 3/22/12 (Click Here for the Storify!)

23 Mar

 

For this week’s #TransitThursday we expressed our love for transit through poetry; haikus specifically (5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables). Here are a few of the awesome haikus we shared:

@mamakoid: Headed to airport? SPRINTER hybrid bus takes you. Be green ride transit! #TransitThursday #Haiku #Charlotte #CLT #SPRINTER

(Photo Credit: James Willamor, Willamor Media @jameswillamor)

@MADMIKEA: #TransitThursday There I sit waiting the blue line comes on time yea Here I sit happy@mamakoid: To show transit love #TransitThursday haikus rule. You can write one too! #TransitThursday #haiku@mamakoid: This #TransitThursday #haiku is especially for @CCTgirl “Summer coming up, Atlanta TIA vote, fund transportation!”@mamakoid: #Haiku: @CCTgirl rocks! Fast track forward is her site. Go give her a like —> http://facebook.com/FastTrackForward #TIA #TransitThursday@mamakoid: #TransitThursday Haiku (thx @FTA_DOT for info): Gas prices soaring, transit ridership growing, one third in Longview—> bit.ly/GJig4h@mamakoid via @marcolangzi: #TransitThursday #haiku: Marco loves to tweet – hates distracted driving fines – so he rides transit!@JeffHaws: ‘Burbanites like cars. Crimuhnuhl Eluhmuhnt scares. #MARTA for the win.@bus15237: Always paying cash / Folks don’t budget money well / Don’t buy monthly pass #transithaiku #TransitThursday@CCTgirl: One cent for more is | one cent worth paying when you | love metro ‘lanta. #TIA2012 #TransitThursday #Haiku #Atlanta@listener42: #TransitThursday MARTA doesn’t go | to Cobb county so I’m stuck | in traffic daily.@listener42: #TransitThursday Google Maps says to | get off the bus and take a | cab to reach my house.@listener42: #TransitThursday Getting downtown takes | 80 minutes with MARTA | 35 by car.@listener42: #TransitThursday The HOV lane | doesn’t extend far enough | into Cobb county.@listener42: #TransitThursday CCT buses | don’t have routes near my house in | Northeast Cobb. Why not?@NashvilleMPO: Wish you had more time / to read Twitter and Facebook? / Ride commuter rail! #TransitThursday #haiku@mamakoid: #TransitThursday #Haiku: Transit helps me go / to places I want to be / saving gas and cash!@bus15237: North Shore Connector / Pittsburgh’s three new subway stops / Opens on Sunday! #transithaiku #transitThursday@mamakoid: MT @JamesWillamor: #TransitThursday #Panthers fans love LYNX/ win or loss they ride with pride/ light rail is a glide

(Photo Credit: James Willamor, Willamor Media @jameswillamor )

@mamakoid: #TransitThursday #Haiku: Off to the doctor / CATS Route Twenty takes me there / Transit is so nice! (@ CATS Route #20) 4sq.com/GHPlgE@ericorozco: #TransitThursday #Haiku: Transit needs freedom / Frequency and linkage / Read Human Transit. 🙂@ajfroggie: Normal bike commute | Put on hold so I can ride | Transit on Thursday. #TransitThursday #TransoHaiku @CCTgirl @mamakoid @marctomik@transited_:#TransitThursday #Haiku: Get into shape now! | Sign up for #Bikeshare today | Ride to better health – inspired by all the bikeshare news 🙂@mamakoid: #TransitThursday #Haiku: Done with the doctor / CATS Nineteen I ride to town / No driving for me! 🙂 (@ CATS 19) 4sq.com/GNNczz@briandavispdx: Oooh I wanna play! #TransitThursday #Haiku: There’s the streetcar bell / Fifteen minutes since the last / That’s how I tell timeNot a haiku, but pretty awesome news! Toronto #TransitThursday love!

@UrbanPolicyPlnr: #TransitThursday #TOCouncil finally decided common sense was best. 24-19 vote in favour of building Sheppard LRT. Time to build. #topoli@jamesreynolds: I know I’m late for #TransitThursday , but exciting news in Toronto bit.ly/GH0SSK LRT ftw!

Also, a huge shout out to @NYPublicTransit for spreading the #TransitThursday love in this week’s edition of Tuesday Transit News! Y’all ROCK!

Hi @mamakoid! We featured your blog and #TransitThursday in this week’s edition of Tuesday Transit News bit.ly/GNQusa

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Continuing our new tradition of showing the love for transit! #TransitThursday 3/15/2012 favorite reasons for riding transit & pics of our favorite systems! http://storify.com/mamakoid/transitthursday-3-15-2012

16 Mar

#TransitThursday 3/15/2012 (click here for the storify!)

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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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I’m finally posting a summary of tweets from our January 2012 TRB Annual Meeting round table session about using Social Media for Professional Networking. Enjoy! http://storify.com/mamakoid/trbam-2011-ypt-sponsored-session-on-using-social

5 Mar

Social Media & Professional Networking (Click Here to View the Storify)