Article: Waking Up to Shorter Commutes

[Ok so I’m having a nerdy this-blog-is-also-about-buses moment again. Here in MA we have several interesting ballot proposals. None of them cover transportation, however, which might be too bad given the woes we face. The $200 billion on the table for transportation improvements through ballot measures won’t benefit the MBTA but I’d be happy to…

Gaggle of Girls

“You know someone might think you’re our mom!” one of the sixth graders I was walking with exclaimed. “No creo,” I answered. I don’t think anyone can have this many kids all the same age. In my walks to the bus this year, a little gaggle of girls have decided to adopt me. Three of…

Riding the Bus with Students with Autism

A few months ago, while winter weather was still very much alive and well, I was asked to help out with a trip to the Museum of Science. There is a “strand” at my school for students with autism. The middle school classroom has about nine students in it, with a head teacher, two paraprofessionals and…

Article: Schools Turn to Propane Buses as Stricter Emission Standards Loom

[This article makes me wonder about the emissions effect and noise pollution effect of putting all middle school students on the MBTA instead of yellow school buses, the policy decision that allowed this blog to flourish. Only students with IEPs that require transportation be provided get busses in middle and high school. While I wait…

The Lost Student

My phone was buzzing and the name said “I’s Mom” so I pulled off my glove and answered. “Hola?” Sobbing. “Ay dios mio,” the mom cried into the phone. My heart skipped a beat but I tried to stay calm. I took a deep a breath and asked her what was going on. The story…

Article: To Save Money on Building Rail, Spend Money on Marketing Buses

[Very related to what I gleaned from Happy City. Thanks, Melia, for drawing my attention to this article! I should note that I find the Silver Line infuriating because it is not a bus-rapid transit line at al (the special paved lane doesn’t seem to do much and the display boards are often inaccurate. Other bus…

Happy Commuting

“Almost all of us will choose a seat in a restaurant with a view of others…We like to look at each other. We enjoy hovering in the zone somewhere between strangers and intimates. We want the opportunity to watch and be watched, even if we have no intention of ever actually making contact with one another.”…