The day was filled with wonderful stories of multimodal experiences, friends who travel together, and transit camaraderie. Still on the fence about transit? Let current riders ease your worries: Continue reading
Dump the Pump Day, sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association, is an annual day that encourages people to ride public transportation, to take them where they need to go, instead of driving a car.
Tomorrow, June 16, 2016, we will be celebrating Dump The Pump here at GoTriangle! We believe public transportation is a convenient travel option that also helps people save money. According to APTA’s June Transit Saving Report, a two-person household can save, on average, $9,474 annually by downsizing to one car. That’s a lot of money! Continue reading
We think the bus is awesome. (But we might be a little biased!) People choose a bus commute for different reasons, maybe to catch up on emails or zone out after a long work day.
How do you spend your bus commute time? Maybe reading a book or checking emails? Tweet at us! #buscommuter
— GoSmartNC (@GoSmartNC) June 2, 2016
When you think jobs in transit, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Probably bus operators, right? Well what about these ones?
Mechanic. Engineer. Dispatcher. Marketer. Designer. Accountant. Safety Officer. Transit Planner. Employer Outreach Coordinator. Administrative Assistant. Customer Service Rep. Lawyer.
It takes a lot of awesome individuals to keep a transit company going each day. Today on National Public Transportation Career Day we want to celebrate these jobs and the vast array of opportunities available in public transportation!
We will be tweeting fun facts all day on GoSmart’s Twitter. Dive in to a few more transit careers right here:
How do you share your feelings? Is it through haiku? Photography? Love letters? Maybe even interpretive dance? Well here’s your chance to show your creativity by expressing your love for transit.
It doesn’t matter if you bike, ride the bus, carpool, vanpool, or walk to work, we want you to share your version of transit love on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #GoLoveNC.
Winners will be picked by Best in Visuals and Best in Written Word, and will win a swag bag! So get dancing! Or writing! Or…whatever it is you’re so darn good at!
Here are some examples:
Really love transit? Check out GoPerks – you can win incentives just by tracking your commuting miles!
Hopefully, it should come as no surprise that transit has health benefits. But if you still need some convincing, read our two links below!
- Riders Who Take Mass Transit Regularly May Lose Weight – NPR
A study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that commuters who used the Charlotte light rails for a year lost around 6.45 pounds. Woah! When you factor in the walk to and from the bus stop, it often adds up to more than a mile. That mile a day lends itself to substantial weight loss. Well well, I’m quite convinced!
- 6 Health Benefits of Public Transportation – TransLoc
Another study done found that public transit users get three times more physical activity a day than those who drive alone. Being active helps combat many serious ailments, such as diabetes, strokes, osteoporosis, breast cancer, and depression. Healthy mind, healthy heart, and healthy body can all be yours with a new healthy commute!
It’s been a little over a week since I committed to going carless for the month of March.
So, obviously, I thought it best to put these discoveries in a super digestible list for you.
1. I’m a total CHEAT
I’ve never considered myself a cheater but I am now. I might as well be Coach (John Candy) in Cool Runnings, putting weights in my sled to win Olympic gold.
That’s right. It’s only been a week and I’ve already cheated during my #CarlessMarch challenge. Looking back, I don’t even remember why. It was probably due to a donut emergency or something equally idiotic.
It’s made me realize that having access to a car is definitely a luxury and choosing to go without is a sacrifice. But more importantly, this points us towards one of the biggest challenges facing public transit: people value their own convenience far and above the greater impact of their actions. Some people may choose to take public transit because of its benefits, but the rest are going to have to be convinced by having well-planned transit and-let’s be honest-some good ol’ public shaming of driving cars solo.
2. Sometimes transit is going to fit my life, my life has to fit transit
I live about half a mile from the Downtown Durham YMCA but I’ve started going to the gym on the American Tobacco Campus since beginning this challenge. Why, you ask?
The Downtown Durham YMCA is about a half mile walk from my house so I’ve started going to the ATC YMCA before I transfer from my TTA bus to my DATA bus at Durham Station. Before you start thinking of me as some gym rat… I’m switching because if I walked to the gym and back my workout would basically be complete so there’d be no point.
So far, this has been the first life change that I’ve made in order to fit around my transit schedule.
3. Getting between cities is shockingly easy
So I may be a little biased when talking about Triangle Transit but even still… this particular bus system makes it super easy to get between cities in the Triangle. I live and work in Durham but a lot of things in my social life take me into downtown Raleigh. My trip isn’t much longer than driving there, I’m not wasting gas, & it’s incredibly convenient.
4. Owning a bike seems imperative
One thing I’ve realized is how some distances are too long or not safe to walk but don’t make sense to get on a bus to manage. It seems like having a bike to get around town is imperative if I want to keep a good schedule and be able to get places quickly and safely.
It’s easier for me to get to downtown Raleigh using public transit than it is to get to some places just a few miles from my house.
(If you’re curious why this is then you should check out Jarrett Walker’s blog, Human Transit. Jarrett is one of the consultants working on the Wake County Transit Strategy. His work is an awesome resource for understanding the planning side of public transit.)
5. I got mad respect
For anyone who chooses to or is dependent upon public transit for all of their travel, you’ve got all my respect. Just a week into my #CarlessMarch challenge and there are things I’m already finding to be a struggle. It’s a total shift in how I plan my day and what commitments I feel I can make.
Do you include a bike in your alternative commuting? If not, how do you manage those medium length distances?
What changes have you had to make since choosing to commit to public transportation?
Share your thoughts with me in the comments!