We love celebrating our awesome bike-riding, bus-taking, telework-loving commuters! Today we will be highlighting Walmer Medina, the Creative Director for the Durham Bulls Baseball Club! Medina is from Los Angeles, California and lives in Cary, North Carolina.
1. What does a regular day of commuting look like for you?
WM: I regularly take the 300 from Cary Amtrak Station to RTC, then transfer to the 700 to Durham Station. I take a quick stroll through the beautiful American Tobacco Campus and arrive at my office inside the gorgeous Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The commute is normally about 50 minutes to an hour.
2. How long have you been using transit? And what is your reason for using alternative transportation?
WM: This will be my third year using transit. However, public transit is nothing new to me since I grew up in the busy city of Los Angeles. Transit helps save on gas and now my employer works with GoTransit and provides me with a GoPass.
3. What is your favorite part of being a transit user? Do you have any unique, funny, interesting stories?
WM: My favorite part about riding transit is probably the diversity you see come through. The high school students, doctors, caregivers, it’s a pretty wide range. As a creative, I’m influenced by my daily experiences using transit.
One of my favorite stories is about the first month I rode transit to Durham. A mom was doing homework with her kids, and she got stuck and really couldn’t help her son any further. Another rider sitting behind them happened to be a UNC student and kindly asked if he could take a look. The mom almost teared up as her son got help from a total stranger. It was an awesome thing to witness.
4. What would you want to say to people who are on the fence about transit?
WM: Try it. If you’re scared, ride on an off-day and go explore an area with a friend. You’ll be amazed at the reach and ease of the system. If you are a busy person that needs a jump-start on emails in the morning, GoTriangle has free Wi-Fi so that you can reply freely and safely, which is not possible while driving.