This morning, when I got to my cubbifice, I found a copy of this week's BrandX on my desk opened to this story on the Backbone Bikeway Network called "More than a bike path" (page 14). It's got the following illustration:
In that same issue, BrandX reran Ari Bloomekatz's up close-and-personal of Jacquelyn Carr - aka Snob On A Bus - from last Saturday (link to original story).
- Picture of Jacquelyn Carr of "Snob On A Bus", featured on BrandX
Jacki, 26, lives near UCLA, and is a regular on the 720. I'm glad that Ari made the following insight:
"Carr represents a relatively small but highly important segment of the MTA's passenger base: people who could commute by car but take the bus instead. Such 'discretionary riders' currently make up a little more than a quarter of total ridership."
He also adds that riders like Jacki are extremely important to Metro as they proceed with their rail-building efforts because the hope is that they can lure discretionary riders (also referred to as choice riders) out of their cars, thus lessening traffic congestion.
I made a face when Charles initially brought up Jacki's blog. He basically put me in my place, and rightfully so: Not everyone is as experienced a bus rider as you, S.
Charles reminded me that the prospect of doing things like transferring buses, waiting for buses late at night, navigating a large bus and rail network like Los Angeles, or simply being a passenger on a bus when you're a woman can be very scary.
Charles also pointed out that I grew up here (Jacki did not) and that I've been riding school buses and public buses my entire life.
The topic of Jacki's many blog entries indicate to me that there are a lot of things that we at BeAGreenCommuter can help explain and demystify with regards to riding the bus. I think our first topic will be transfers, since for UCLA commuters, there are a lot of flavors.
- Night-owl bus riding
- How to take kids onto a bus
- How to engage in conversation with someone on a bus
- How to be polite when you want to keep to yourself
- How to use Google Transit
- How to get to UCLA from a myriad of far-flung destinations
What would you like to see covered here? Consider me your guinea pig.