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(Much) more of the same

Thanks mostly to high gas prices, public transportation ridership has been growing steadily of late–in Seattle and across the country…even in L.A.. But, according to this Ryan Avent piece in Grist, that hasn’t changed our approach to transportation.

Americans, it seems, are not constitutionally opposed to mass transit. An American public enthralled by automobiles has seen the enemy and begun to look for solutions — to congestion and fuel prices, and to climate change. But those looking have discovered that a half-century of neglect has made travel by transit a challenge.

Seeking options, the nation has …

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A world away, yet close to home

Sorry for the lack of posts of late. Bus Nerd and I spent the early part of this week in Selma, Alabama, visiting some of his relatives. On the long journey to Selma, we stopped in Montgomery, a city made famous by one very historic bus ride. (Yes, I will take any opportunity to mention my shero.)

While I’m on the subject…

My new favorite bus stop:

Rosa Parks bus stop
Rosa Parks bus stop
“The way we live now will affect the state …

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But don’t take it from me, part II

I’m not the only one who takes bus vacations.

From today’s Seattle Times:

Riding Metro’s Route 255 from Kirkland, I’d begun my “travel-by-bus vacation,” an experiment inspired by Rick Steves, Edmonds’ budget-travel guru, whose guidebooks extol using public transportation in European cities to save money, see the sights and meet locals along the way. It works there; it could work here.

After one trip, I was hooked. The journeys were as interesting as the destinations. Routes wound through neighborhoods I’d have never found on my own. It was continuous sightseeing.

Even paying full adult fare, the trips were …

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But don’t take it from me…

Detroit bloggers love buses, too.

From O Street on The Detroit Free Press site:

I met him in grade school, a big yellow something, and we’ve been involved with each other in some variation — public transportation, Greyhound, shuttle — ever since.

It’s an on-again, off-again relationship, depending on the circumstances of my chaotic life.

[...]

Oneita the Blogger loves to sit in the back of the bus and make observations. There is much to discover on the stress-free trips, many conversations to listen in on and to initiate. Great blogging material. I get lost in my reading and …

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And the winner is…

I had two favorites, but I finally settled on this one:

“14 to Summit here. 14 to Mt. Baker over there.”

Extra brownie points for the stop/route knowledge.

The runner up:

“One of these has gotta be a snow route.”

All of the captions were great, though. I can’t wait to do that again.

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Earth Day is still a great day to be a bus chick

One of the many reasons I ride:

Tahoma
A view of Tahoma, from a 39 stop in Seward Park

Still more reasons, from the American Public Transportation Association:

An individual switching to public transit can reduce his or her daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds; that’s more than 4,800 pounds in a year, a figure that is more than the combined carbon emissions reduction that comes from weathering your home and using energy efficient appliances and environmentally-friendly light bulbs.

If just one commuter of a household switches from driving …

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It doesn’t take a fancy British guy…

to convince me that men who conserve–both the earth’s resources and their own money–are sexy. But maybe some of the rest of you could use a nudge.

From the World Carfree Network‘s e-newsletter:

“I was asked at a lecture by a young woman about what she could do and I told her stop admiring young men in Ferraris. What I was saying is you have got to admire people who are conserving energy and not those willfully using it.”

-Sir David King, UK’s chief scientific advisor, on how the world would
be a greener place if …

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A very good Monday

Today, as we enjoy our Chicklet‘s 95th day of life, we also celebrate the 95th anniversary of the birth of her namesake, Mrs. Rosa Louise McCauley Parks.

Metro's Rosa Parks commemoration

Chicklet at 13 weeks

 

“Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds, will continue in others.” – Rosa Parks

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And speaking of the 48…

From Auryn on Capitol Hill, a Craigslist “missed connection” to Seattle’s longest (and latest) bus route:

Dear Bus Route 48:

Let me preface this by saying that I love you. You know exactly what I need. When I lived in Greenlake and had those random appointments in the Central District, you were my savior. And you go right by Ezell’s Chicken! Score!

Remember that one time I was in Greenwood? I forget why I was there, but my friends called me to hang out with them at Teddy’s off Roosevelt. At first I thought “how …

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Respect to those who came before

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the Montgomery Bus Boycott:

We are not wrong it what we are doing. If we are wrong, the Supreme Court of this nation is wrong. If we are wrong, the Constitution of the United States is wrong. If we are wrong, God Almighty is wrong.

Happy birthday, Dr. King. See you on the bus.

Our county's namesake
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