Sunday, February 21, 2010

How Close Do You Live To Work?

  • Orange- % who drive themselves
  • Red- % who carpool
  • Lt. Blue- % who take public transport
  • Dk. Blue- % who walk to work
  • Peach- % who work at home, etc.

There definitely seems to be a huge difference between the places with good public transportation systems and those with poor systems. In my own efforts to be kinder to Mother Nature, I have been bussing it, ALOT. 

When I first started riding, I thought that helping the earth by not driving would be all that I would be getting from my experience. I was wrong. I get to see humanity in it's entirety. I have seen love and affection. I have seen indifference and blatant hate. I have seen men get up for women and everyone gets up for the elderly folks and moms with young children, no matter how crowded the bus is. I have listened to and talked to people. I hear stories, tell stories and sense stories. 

I guess what I am trying to say is that riding the bus is so much more than what I first thought it would be. I use the bus to reconnect with what I have felt I was very cynical about, humanity. 


  1. I 100% agree. I used to love to ride the bus to the VA when I was working there. Everybody on the 4:43am Red Line knew each other and the drivers. I loved hearing the stories and problem solving/brainstorming that went on among folks. We try to ride as much as possible now, more so lately. I find myself hesitating to participate in activities that are a far drive with no availabe transpo.
    Enjoying your blog!

  2. I wonder what PHX would look like on that graphic above and I wonder if it is changing for the better with the improvements in PT.