I’ll ride the bus, and you tell us how we can do better

OK, I’ve been a total slacker and haven’t posted anything here in a long time. And it’s really not for lack of interesting material out there: Nashville is hoppin’ with interesting news. But you know what’s been the most relevant Nashville thing on my mind lately? Riding the bus. See, one of my new year’s resolutions, for the sake of conservation and all that, is going to be to start riding the bus to work at least once a week, hopefully more.

Everywhere else I’ve lived (Chicago, the SF Bay Area, and Portland OR) has had pretty good public transportation and I haven’t hesitated to use it. But Nashville MTA is just lacking in so many ways. Routes, schedules, and what’s the deal with not having transfers? Do you have to actually pay separately for each segment of your commute? These are the issues I’m going to have to overcome as I face the new year.

Anyway, you know what would make it more fun? An “overheard”-style feature. So I’m going to try to make note of little exchanges I hear on my travels and post them right here, dear reader.

And since I’m making resolutions right here live before your very eyes, what else can we do better on MetroBlogging? What other features, perhaps, would you look forward to each time you opened our site? What, in short, can we do to make your new year the best it’s ever been? (Sorry, but we probably can’t get you a pony.)

5 Comments so far

  1. CeeElCee (unregistered) on December 29th, 2006 @ 4:21 pm

    You know from my blog I’ve been doing this for about six months now. The MTA leaves a lot to be desired, but I do get to feel good and self-righteous when I ride it.
    Give me a holler if you have any questions. They actually have a class they teach in “Bus riding 101” but I doubt you’d need it.

    Good for you!

  2. Jeffraham Prestonian (unregistered) on December 29th, 2006 @ 5:11 pm

    Excellent! I’ve been riding for about a year now, mostly due to poverty (and not wanting to stand before the judge YET AGAIN, explaining why I can’t afford the outrageous liability insurance on a ’97 Mustang convertible).

    MTA is adequate… the nearest stop to my place is 1.5 miles, though, so I bought an electric sccoter off eBay. The very next day, I encountered the Chinese Death Machine, and traded my car for it. I’ve been happier than a clam, ever since. Reducing my carbon footprint by leaps and bounds…

  3. Jeffraham Prestonian (unregistered) on December 29th, 2006 @ 5:13 pm

    Btw, your best bet around the “no transfer” thang is to buy at least a Day Pass ($3.75, or three rides’-worth of fare), ’cause you can ride all day, anywhere except the express buses on that baby.

  4. morgan (unregistered) on December 30th, 2006 @ 12:14 am

    nashville/brentwood/belmont/vanderbilt make their appearances altogether too routinely in overheardintheoffice and overheardatcollege. we should have one of our own.

  5. Christy (unregistered) on December 30th, 2006 @ 12:09 pm

    I second what Morgan said.

    How can you all do better this year? Less football talk. If that involves adding some more writers, so be it. There were some great posts on here for a while about happenings in the city, which are what initially caught my interest. But then came the football talk, and you lost me.

    Overall, I think you guys have been doing great. Love the overheard idea. Happy New Year!

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