If you like, you can skip to the end of this post to answer the poll about standing on a bus.
Results from last poll: trying transit in other cities
Last week I asked how many cities have you tried transit in.
With 207 votes counted, the most popular answer was “5 or more cities” with 72% of the vote. Far fewer voted for 4 cities (10%), 3 cities (7%), 2 cities (6%), or 1 city (5%).
Really, I should have known better with you transit enthusiasts—most of you guys listed 10 or more places you’ve travelled! Daniel Quinn even suggested rerunning the poll with higher numbers.
Anyway, to manage all the data, I put together an Excel spreadsheet counting the cities you specified, and used it to produce the chart at right. Together you provided 122 city names, with Victoria, Seattle, Edmonton, and Portland being the most mentioned outside our own system.
In the comments, people mostly gave lists of the cities they went to, but there were a few stories about transit experiences elsewhere. Here’s Alexwarrior:
I got a 40 Euro fine in Paris. I paid the wrong fare, d’oh! (Wasn’t on purpose) I framed the ticket and it made a nice souvenir for my wall.
And Dora, who is really on a roll with good stories in the poll posts, wrote this:
I once got a talking-to (but thankfully no ticket) in Frankfurt because the group of us accidentally go into the first class section of the commuter train (who ever heard of a first class section on an intra-city train?). I often find myself missing London’s Oyster card system and wishing we had something similar here at home.
We will soon enough — smartcards are coming!
Anyway, check out the comments at the original post: there are some good conversations on how to get to Seattle from Vancouver solely on transit. I should mention that there’s even a zine showing how to travel from Vancouver to Portland solely on transit, if you haven’t seen it. Yay zines!
This week’s poll: where do you like to stand on a bus?
If you have anything to add, feel free to share in the comments :)