Captive Ridership by David Thomas Moran

Re-posting my TrIP blog submission for The Commuters photography show #captiveridership

The Transit Interpretation Project: TrIP

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I vividly remember the first time I heard the phrase “captive riders” used to describe the dominant trends of bus ridership in Central Florida.  I was participating in a Mills 50 focus group about transit needs for the Highway 50/Colonial Drive corridor which took place earlier this year.  The term mentally jolted me out of the meeting for a few moments as I became lost in my own thoughts.  I was shocked that there was actually a name – a terminology – for my experience riding the LYNX bus over the past three years.  According to LYNX, I was a captive rider.  I was riding in captivity – or rather I was riding the bus because I had no other choice.  Beyond my own lived experiences, there is also much to be said for how the demographics of Orlando’s bus ridership illuminate a limited transit system that is amplifying and perpetuating issues of racism, poverty, sexism, ableism, ageism, and other pressing social…

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