Mine was pretty early in my life (‘baby me’ found TTC subways quite soothing) but the first transit trip I actually remember is when I was five and we took the bus to the library to meet Robert Munsch.
I gleamed as I saw the driver who was smiling and welcoming me aboard. I felt excitement as I got to drop the coins into the farebox and choose our seats. I remember the feel of the vinyl as my legs stuck to the material in the hot summer weather. I can even recall the ding as I yanked on the stop request cord.
To me, this was a totally new experience that was exhilarating and fun and that was BEFORE meeting my childhood literary hero!
There are first time riders at every age with many different and interesting stories. So, tell us! Where did your first transit trip take you?
Our latest poll was something of a hybrid. Dubbed as a Learn ‘n’ Poll, we posted many of the ways you can get information about your transit trips and TransLink.
Then, you voted on which were your “go-to” spots for transit info.
You did some learning, you did some voting and now we know that the majority of you head to the source, the mothership that is translink.ca! The TL website took the top spot with 88 votes.
Next up were the ever-popular transit apps with 54 votes, followed closely by @TransLink on Twitter with 48 votes.
Transit Alerts (either by SMS text or on the Alerts page) garnered 26 votes, “Other” – with a special nod to tcomm.bustrainferry.com – grabbed 13 votes, Facebook, radio and in-person info gathering tallied 12, six and five votes, respectively.
Thanks for everyone who voted! Until the next Learn’n’Poll, keep on keepin’ on!
It looks like the majority of people like to have some alone time on transit.
It’s always interesting to take examine our transit behaviour. Let’s get down to the results!
Taking the top spot, people who like to keep to themselves with 54 votes (36%), in second are those who don’t have a secret transit friend but want one with 34 votes (23%)!
Following the leaders are those who see their transit friends but don’t interact garnering 23 votes (15%), a quick nod to riders who acknowledge familiar faces who weighed in with 20 votes (13%), those who chat occasionally with their transit buddies totaled 13 votes (9%) and the chatty Cathy’s who love to liven up a commute rounded out the poll with 6 votes (4%).
Remember! There are some people out there looking for a friendly face on transit.
I urge you to pop those ear buds out, look up and interact with someone around you. It might make you smile – or, someone else. Wouldn’t that be great?
The results were mixed beyond the one, clear winner.
Coming in second with 126 votes is a phone case while 103 riders voted that they carry their cards loose.
Plastic sleeves, lanyards (that’s me!) and “other” came in with 89, 78 and 43 votes, respectively.
Many people commented to let us know exactly what some of those other methods were.
Some riders said they like a retractable cord that can sit on their belt and snap their card back into place after a tap. Others like a change purse to keep their card handy and one person even carries their Compass card in an Altoids box! (sans mints, I assume)
Thank you to everyone who voted and commented on all of our channels!
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The answers varied, but the front runner ended up being the youngest ages! Between birth and five-years-old garnered 35% of the vote. That’s so awesome!
In second with 22%, we have school-aged children between 6 and 12 years of age and following close behind for third are the teenage years at 21%.
What I loved so much about this poll was reading all the comments on the blog and on Facebook as to why you started taking transit when you did.
Here are some of the stories riders have shared:
“I’ve been riding I was about 2, my mom was one of the very few women drivers back in the early 80s. My son took his first bus ride when he was 4 days old. He’s a year old now and still a daily rider.” – Arwen
“I live in Surrey and my boyfriend lives in Coquitlam, neither of us drive. I started taking transit when I started dating him just over a year ago. I have to transfer 4 times taking buses and SkyTrains but if it weren’t for transit our relationship wouldn’t be possible. <3” – Sam
“After moving halfway across town, transit allowed me to continue going to the same high school when I was a teenager. Using the Upass through university was a great, affordable way to get around, and then taking transit to work once I graduated helped me to avoid the expenses associated with owning a car. Although I bought my first car when I was 26, transit is still my preferred mode of transport.” – Cody
Thank you to everyone who voted and shared their transit history with us!
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