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Fun Poll: When did you start taking transit?


When did you first ride public transit?

The first time I was on transit, I was only knee-high to a grasshopper.

Story is, my mum used to take my on the subway in Toronto to get me to sleep when I was an infant so I’m a transit rider almost since birth!

But not everyone needs the roar of the tracks to get some shut eye as a wee babe so first time transit users can be of all ages and all walks of life.

Vote below to let us know when you started using public transit.

Be sure to comment and let us know why you started taking transit and what mode of transit you took!

When did you start taking transit?

  • 0-5 years old (35%, 79 Votes)
  • 6-12 years old (22%, 49 Votes)
  • Teenager (21%, 48 Votes)
  • 18-24 (14%, 31 Votes)
  • 25-32 (4%, 9 Votes)
  • 33-40 (2%, 5 Votes)
  • 41-50 (1%, 2 Votes)
  • 51-60 (0%, 1 Votes)
  • 65+ (0%, 1 Votes)
  • I've never taken public transit (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 226


  • By chris, January 25, 2016 @ 7:55 am

    it’s the only way I can get around and I have not had any problems

  • By Cody Watson, January 25, 2016 @ 1:21 pm

    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.

  • By Sam, January 25, 2016 @ 4:22 pm

    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 busses and skytrains but if it weren’t for transit our relationship wouldn’t be possible. <3

  • By Arwen, January 26, 2016 @ 6:14 am

    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.

  • By Michael Taylor-Noonan, January 26, 2016 @ 6:32 am

    I’ve been taking transit since before I was born! It was Manchester, UK, just after WW2. The midwife advised my mother that I was in the breech position and she should visit the hospital to have me turned. Our local bus to the hospital had some of the oldest buses which travelled along rough pot-holed roads unrepaired since the war. That combination ensured that by the time my mother got to the hospital (on the bus, we had no car), I had turned myself around.

  • By Robert Willis - Buzzer Editor, January 26, 2016 @ 10:49 am

    Wow! What amazing stories. Thanks so much for sharing them. Myself, I’ve been using public transit ever since I can remember. I grew up in Calgary and transit was an integral part of gaining my independence as a youth.

    Now that I’m a father I try to take my kids on transit whenever I can. They love going and it’s so great to see the excitement in their eyes since so many of us have forgotten how useful and important public transit can be.

    Please keep sharing. This is great stuff for my blogging soul!

  • By TwilightReader, January 26, 2016 @ 6:18 pm

    My Mom tells of taking me out and about before she learned how to drive (when I was 10, so she has lots of transit memories). We lived in Surrey between the time I was 6 months old and 11.5 years old, so she remembers taking me on the 321 when it used to go across to New West Station to meet the train (which I have no memory of, they finished the Expo Line when I was about 6 but all my transit memories from then are a few bus rides). We got on the bus one day at New West and I guess she was taking my mitts or my hat off or something like that and doing whatever else you do when you first get on with a small child and she says a lady complimented her on how well she was taking care of me. Twenty years later, she was still glowing over that one.

  • By Perrin, January 26, 2016 @ 11:06 pm

    Although I rode transit a few times as a young kid, I didn’t start riding regularly until I started working in the summer, when I had to get to numerous locations around the lower mainland. Now that I’m in university, I spend over two hours on buses every day, getting between South Delta and Surrey. Taking the bus has become a hobby of mine – sometimes I devote entires day to busing around and seeing all the sights. In December of 2014 I started keeping track of every bus I take – currently at nearly 1200 rides, on 588 different buses and 113 routes. To me, transit is just like Pokemon – gotta catch ’em all!

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