Passing the Torch: Transit Highlights

Saying goodbye is one of the hardest parts of life. Since early December, I’ve been at the helm of Triangle Transit and GoTriangle’s social media. It’s even harder to believe that it’s now August. I’ve spent the last eight months learning more about public transit than I ever realized, and it’s been incredible to share my thoughts on transit in the Triangle in this blogspace with you all. Whether it’s millennial transit habits, my two favorite Tuesday links, or Q&A’s about what’s coming next for our region, I’ve loved reading all your comments and seeing rider feedback grow into positive change. Just a few months ago, I was reading tweets about the Wi-Fi on the Triangle Transit buses, and now they’re all 4G capable and faster than ever. Woah!

Like I said, with growth also comes change. Due to some family events, I recently relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota. The move is a great opportunity, but very bittersweet. I’m already craving an apple cider donut from Monuts Donuts and the parmesan truffle fries from Cowfish in North Hills. However, I know that I am leaving you all in extremely capable hands. Awesome things are in store for the Triangle area – new 7-day service, extended hours, light rail – and I can’t wait to see what happens in the future. But for now, I want to take a quick look back at some of my favorite Instagram highlights:

#CarlessMarch was hands down one of my favorite series here on the GoTriangle blog. John Tallmadge, Director of Regional Services Development at Triangle Transit, checked in with us every week as he attempted to go carless for the entire month of March. If you haven’t read this series, click here to get started.

#golove at the Regional Transit Center!

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One of my first projects as interactive marketing associate was our #GoLove social media scavenger hunt. We left clues across each of our social media platforms and partnered with local Triangle companies like Fullsteam, DPAC, and Videri Chocolate Factory to make Valentine’s Day a little sweeter for our winners. As part of the scavenger hunt, our marketing team also gave a nearby bus stop a little Post-It love.

During the 24 Project, we photographed 24 different riders on each of Triangle Transit’s 24 routes all within a 24 hour period. Shew. Talk about a mouthful.What sounded like an impossible challenge ultimately turned into a unique chance to meet Triangle Transit riders and listen to their stories about their daily commute. We displayed our photos at this year’s Artsplosure event, but you can still see them and read each participant’s story here. Again, a huge thank you to all 24 of our participants!

I always left with a smile on my face after spending time at Triangle Transit’s Bus Operations. Whether we were filming video interviews, photographing bus operators for different projects, or getting a peek at the new vanpool vehicles, it was always a treat to meet the men and women who drove our buses every day. (And Triangle Transit is currently hiring for multiple positions, so if you’re interested in joining the family, you can apply online .)

Last but not least, service changes. As I said before, one of my favorite parts of the job has been watching the Triangle Transit bus system grow and change, thanks to all of your tweets and Facebook comments. We’d been hearing the need for 7-day service and extended hours for awhile, and starting today, it’s here! I’ve also been reading about the new fare cards being installed in CAT buses, so hopefully these new developments will continue to make public transit in the RDU an easy and simple alternative to driving solo.

Well, that’s it folks. It’s time for me to hand over the baton and log off the GoTriangle blog for the last time. I’ve had a blast and definitely won’t forget my time here. Maybe I’ll return and take a ride on the future light rail, who knows? The future of transit in the RDU is up to you. Take it easy, Triangle.

All the best,

Grace

 

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