Public Transit & Community: Alison’s Story
In the last couple of weeks, we have highlighted John and the Falks: Riders who have shared their stories with us so that we can tell people what transit means to them and St. Louis. Now meet Alison, a physics librarian at Washington University. Alison commutes from her home in Chesterfield to the University’s Danforth Campus every day to work. She owns a car, but started riding transit to save money, help the environment, and spend some quiet time reading. What she did not anticipate was the strong sense of community among her fellow passengers.
Alison’s story is not unique – there is a sense of familiarity and togetherness among transit riders. While walking in my neighborhood last weekend, one of the regular riders on the #73 Cardondelet yelled from across the street, “HEY METRO LADY!” with an enthusiastic wave hello. I know her from community meetings and riding the #73 together. It’s one of the things I personally love about riding transit. Watch Alison’s story: