A Brief Blog Profile: The Transit Wire
by Thomas Hynes
The mission of The Transit Wire is to "present current, useful and objective information to transit properties, government agencies, researchers, consultants, and vendors." It's not so much an advocacy group. Rather, this blog provides relevant information on the transportation industry. Mass transportation isn't just something nice we should do as a community. Soon, it will become a necessity. As communities across the country (and world) race to adapt, it'll be important to have all the facts.
And there's probably no better place to get the facts, to get information than on The Transit Wire. What's really great about this blog is how they showcase what one city is doing, what's working, and, at times, what isn't. For example, Boston says that front door boarding is working for their buses, even though riders disagree. San Francisco, on the other hand, is experimenting with all-door boarding. In Texas, they're considering using social media to ease transportation woes. The same delays to bike sharing plague both New York and Fort Worth. And in the District of Columbia, change is coming to the iconic Union Station.
The more I read this blog (and ones like it), the more I realize America's transportation problems are very real. Luckily, there are many creative and talented groups of people out there on the case. There's a lot still left to do. There's a long way left to go.