22 Sep '11, 11am

What if bus routes took you where you actually wanted to go?

What if bus routes took you where you actually wanted to go?

Image: Erich Ferdinand If you're like most people, you navigate to work in the hazy fog of your early morning stupor. Autopilot. Imagine if one day your normal bus route was taken away and replaced with something utterly different. You'd probably be baffled, or pissed, or both. Well, that's exactly what the brave folks at Tallahassee's StarMetro did to surly commuters one morning this summer. After decades of buses tracing the same routes from the outskirts to downtown and back, planners took the old map, threw it in the garbage, and replaced it with something they thought would more efficiently connect workers with their jobs. Emily Badger writes for The Atlantic Cities: The result that morning was something like chaos. But over the next few weeks, riders settled into a system that serves them in a radically new way: It actually takes them where they need to go. All of th...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/transportation/2011-09-22-this-bus-g...

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