Mass Transit and Green Technology!


I was reading a post from fellow transit nerd and fellow WordPress Blogger, Zachary Ziegler, about his former hometown agency at BFT (Ben Franklin Transit) testing out an Electric Transit Bus, not a hybrid but a 100% electric  bus!  You can check it out here, BFT Electric Bus Demonstration.  His post made me think of all of the other “green” initiatives in mass transit currently. Obviously the most popular option is electrified rail, but its also the most costly and if its not implemented properly it could become a huge disaster.  I remember a common theme from a book I read not long ago called Straphanger (definitely worth reading if you have even the smallest interest in transit).  The one thing that Taras Grescoe continued to repeat throughout the book is that agencies should invest in the option that is the absolute best for their service area and is also the most feasible financially.  The reason I say this is that being Green can cost a lot of the other kind of green, which is something that a lot of agencies are lacking thanks to the ineptitude of our elected “officials”.  For this reason an electric bus may be a viable option for cities that can’t even dream about affording rail.  They can be a green agency without having to sink a ton of money into an option that just doesn’t make sense.  The nice thing is that just about any bus out there can be outfitted with the electric engines.  Just imagine cities being cleaner and healthier simply because the big hulking buses aren’t spewing nasty carbon filled toxins anymore.

Tampa V. Transit!

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My First Experience with Public Transit

Last week I read a post from a fellow blogger about his first experience with public transit and it inspired me to write about my own experience.  You can find the link to his post below along with other transit bloggers writing about their introduction to public transportation. Enjoy! Continue reading

Don’t Miss The Bus!

The day has come for your first trip on public transportation.  You know where you need to go, you’ve got your map in hand as well as your bus schedule.  Now comes the task of actually getting on the bus.  Some of you might think, “well how hard could that possibly be?”  For the vast majority of the time its pretty darn simple, but there are those select few times where it might seem like the world is against you.  So hopefully with the help of this post you’ll never miss the bus again, and if you do you’ll understand why. Continue reading

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

While almost all of my posts are centered around Mass Transit, I decided that this important issue should take center stage.  For the last 25 years October has been National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  This is a very important and personal month for me for two reasons.  The lesser reason is my birthday is October 21st :-p.  The biggest reason is that my mom is a two time breast cancer survivor.  For those of you who may not know what that means, it means she has battled and beaten breast cancer twice.  One of the biggest things that women can do to detect breast cancer is have regular check-ups, but in between those check-ups self examination is the second best way to detect breast cancer.  Early detection is the best way to defeat this horrible disease.  If it hadn’t been for my mom’s regular check-ups she may never have noticed she had cancer until it was too late.

So this month not only should you wear pink at some point to show support, but get checked out (by a doctor lol).  If you don’t want to spend the money to see a doctor for a checkup you can still do a self exam at home, and please PLEASE see a doctor if you do feel something, don’t write it off as nothing.

Respect The Bus

I know that not everyone who reads my blog uses public transit 100% of the time, or at all in that fact.  The purpose for this blog is to educate people about public transit and that includes those who drive their personal cars through the cities they call home.  With that in mind I feel I should educate those motorists that may not realize how much of an impact their habits and choices have on a bus driver and the passengers that depend on that driver to get them where they are going safely.

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Don’t X Transit

As you know the majority of my blog is about educating passengers, new and old.  But if congress goes through with their proposed transportation cuts, there may not be much use for me to write this blog.   Some of you may think, “why does it matter to me, I have a car.”  Well transportation cuts doesn’t only affect forms of mass transit, it also affects those roads you think you’ll be driving on, and it also pays to fix those bridges you would traverse to get from Tampa to St. Pete.  One other bit of food for thought, if you think traffic is horrible now, think about all of those people who had cars but chose transit as an alternate form of transit.  If they no longer have a bus to take them where they need to go, they’ll be in the lane right next to you stuck in the same traffic mess at Malfunction Junction.  Now what about those people who have no other way to get around without the bus.  The unemployment rate in this area is already disgusting as is, if those people have no way to get to work then they will only add to that number.

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