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Bus Chick, Transit Authority



Carla Saulter has been living without a car—and using public transit as her primary form of transportation—since March of 2003. Though she gave up driving because of concerns about the detrimental effects of car culture (pollution, traffic, sprawl), t



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Bye bye, PI

Sun, 07 Nov 2010 11:01:00 +0000

In February of 2006, Bus Nerd and I visited his hometown of Detroit, Michigan to participate in the Super Bowl festivities. (No, we did not attend the game, but we did represent the 206--along with a few other lonely Seahawks fans--on the streets.) Because the Hawks were playing in the big game for the first time in history, the PI was looking for "fan bloggers": Seattle types who were heading east to cheer for the home team and wanted to chronicle the experience. Nerd wanted to participate, and ...



A bus contest!

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 05:38:00 +0000

Think you ride America's best bus route? Submit a photo and brief description to this contest (sponsored by Good Magazine and NYC's Transportation Alternatives), and you could win a fabulous prize package!



Happy birthday, Chicklet!

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 05:18:00 +0000

My girl: ready to roll, as alwaysSweet Chicklet turns three today. In honor: my first Grist column is all about busing with babies--er, I mean big kids. An excerpt:



“The world’s first transit appliance”

Thu, 21 Oct 2010 18:50:00 +0000

I just returned from a transit nerd conference in Portland, where I spent some time experiencing transit envy--again (more later); some time hanging with my cousins-in-law, who now live in Portland; and not enough time admiring this cool gadget, the brainchild of Portland Transport's Chris Smith.



You know you’re a bus chick if… (part III)

Wed, 13 Oct 2010 05:36:00 +0000

Your almost-three-year old daughter, while playing with some pig figurines that her grandma gave her, picks up the "mommy" pig and says, "She has to leave; she's going to a meeting."



On traveling and time

Tue, 12 Oct 2010 11:33:00 +0000

One of the most common objections to getting around without a car (and specifically, to riding the bus) is that it simply takes too much time. Though this certainly isn't always true (many commutes are faster with PT) I do concede that some--OK, a lot of--trips take longer by bus.*



October inspiration

Wed, 06 Oct 2010 05:31:00 +0000

It's been a slow month (and a half) for blogging. The move, which I intend to write about at some point, (mostly from a "selecting a home for a car-free family" perspective) and which is still in progress (at least, the getting settled part) took a lot out of me. That, plus a couple of consuming projects, extreme technical difficulties, and seemingly endless weekend events had me shifting most of my alt-transpo energies to Twitter.



Southbound 48, 2:30-ish

Fri, 01 Oct 2010 16:16:00 +0000

Somewhere near Blanchet, two black, high-school age girls board. They use the back door, because it's closer to them when the bus stops.



Speaking of Microsoft…

Mon, 27 Sep 2010 18:11:00 +0000

Today is the fifth anniversary of a bus stop that happens to be extremely popular with employees of our friendly neighborhood software giant. (In fact, it's used by more Microsoft employees than any other bus stop in our region.) It's a 545 stop, of course (Bellevue & East Olive), and it exists because of the dogged persistence of Anirudh Sahni (my original Bus Hero). Here's a chronicle of his multi-year campaign.



Bing adds transit trip planning

Mon, 20 Sep 2010 18:04:00 +0000

Bing Maps now offers transit directions. ('Bout time!) From the Bing Community blog:



Speaking of old-school transit ads…

Sat, 04 Sep 2010 17:56:00 +0000

Back in the day, NYC subway ads were used to select beauty queens. Seriously.



The art of public transportation

Sun, 29 Aug 2010 17:03:00 +0000

The latest evidence that art and public transportation are inherently complementary (previous examples can be found here, here, here, and here): MoMA's London Underground poster exhibit. If you won't be in NYC between now and mid-January, check out Slate's review and slide show (via: Bus Nerd).



Transportation safety, part VI (take 2)

Thu, 26 Aug 2010 17:30:00 +0000

The Sightline Institute is still plugging away on its informative Sustainababy series. (OK, so I'm not in love with the name, either, but they're sure covering issues worth reading about.) Installment 25 is by Jennifer Langston, a Sightline employee and mom who tried transit with her toddler for the first time this summer.



More help finding a bus-chick-friendly neighborhood

Wed, 18 Aug 2010 05:54:00 +0000

The folks at Walk Score have stepped up their game. Earlier this week, they released Transit Score (via: TCC's tweeters), a similar tool that assesses a particular location's access to transit. From what I can tell so far, Seattle's transit scores are lower, across the board, than its walk scores. Or maybe I'm just saying that to make myself feel better; my walkable, bus-full neighborhood only scored in the 60s*. Sure, the service could be more frequent, but I ain't complainin'--at least not right ...



27 + Water Taxi = …

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 08:42:00 +0000

Happy, happy, summer day!