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Life on transit: do you have a secret friend on transit?

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For March/April 2013, we’re spotlighting Life on Transit [1]—observing and illuminating the quirks and habits of daily transit rides around our region!

Are any of these people secret friends on transit?

Are any of these people secret friends on transit?

For March/April 2013, we’re spotlighting Life on Transit [1]—that is, observing and illuminating the quirks and habits of daily transit rides around our region!

Life on transit is all about sharing your ride, which means you’re rubbing elbows with a lot of different people throughout your day.

But as we talked about in the print Buzzer [2] this month, amid the crowds you can sometimes find a secret friend—that is, someone you regularly see on transit, but you’ve never talked to before!

In 2010, we ran a blog poll [3] asking readers if they had secret friends on transit, and 73 per cent said they did. And we heard some amazing stories, like the one from Dan B. below:

I see two guys on the bus — one gets on one stop after mine, another two stops after mine. We ride the same bus and train every day and we work at the same company, yet we’ve never spoken to each other nor do we know each other’s names. We spend a total of 45 minutes of travel time using the bus and SkyTrain — even the elevator sometimes! — yet we never feel this urge to even say “hi.” I like to call those people my “secret transit co-workers.”

But it’s 2013 now, and high time to check in again—do people still have secret friends on transit? Cast your vote now!

Do you have a secret friend on transit?

  • Yes (70%, 83 Votes)
  • No (30%, 36 Votes)

Total Voters: 119

Yes or no, feel free to share your stories in the comments. We’ll report back with our findings on Monday, March 25, 2013!