With me and my wife expecting a child soon, we are reading and equipping ourselves for everything you could possibly expect.
Recently, we watched a documentary film on birthing. At one point, the director, who coincidentally found out she was pregnant during the making of the film, was ready to deliver her child. Everything was in place for the family to execute the perfect trip to the hospital, including a packed suitcase and everybody knowing their role in the well-thought out plan.
Then, something funny happened, her husband called a cab?!?! In the most unintentionally humorous part of the film, they showed the cab driver's stressed face as the woman was screaming while having contractions — both me and wife felt so bad for the poor guy.
But, this scene got me to thinking. What do people who either have no vehicle or don't live in a transit rich area do in emergency situations such as these? There has to be some great stories out there of public transit coming to the rescue, right?
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Read our METRO blog, "May the best state win," here.
It drives me nuts when people litter. One of my biggest pet peeves is when people throw trash out of their car windows while they’re driving. I’m always tempted to honk my horn when I see drivers slyly ditching cigarette butts through their open window. Listen up, people. We see you!
Agencies that use Twitter to respond to users’ complaints or answer questions get more positive Twitter reaction and more civil discourse online, according to Lisa Schweitzer the author of a recent study analyzing tweets of public transit agencies. “It’s about the marketing potential of social media — a lot of public transit agencies are simply tweeting their problems to the world by blasting out late service announcements. That’s not a good use of Twitter,” she says. “Transit agencies can influence the tone of the discussion by interacting with patrons online,” Schweitzer explains. “It gives people something to respond to, and it reminds people that somebody is listening.”
Usually by early January, I will hopefully have taken down the last of our holiday decorations and eaten or given away the remaining sweets that have become a part of my regular diet during the month of December. Then, of course like most people, I’ll think about ways I want to improve myself for the coming year. Whether it be exercising more (walking from the parking lot to my office doesn’t count), eating less ice cream or managing my email better. The latter practice alone would help improve my efficiency at work immensely. I’m sure you probably feel the same way.
A new National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) study solidifies what the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Transit Savings Report has been telling us for years now: riding public transportation can save users money.
June 20 will mark the 8th annual National Dump the Pump Day sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association, in partnership with the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council.