A while ago, I started live-tweeting my lengthy commute on public transit, as @doctor_jeff. Through a few quirks of fate, I’ve become a bit of a transit pundit. Strange as it may sound, I have grown to love that role, and would like to use my voice to do some good.
In my travels on TriMet, I see lots of folks who aren’t as lucky as me. I’ve got a subsidized annual pass, a full time job, and a car if I need to get somewhere in a hurry. Lots of the people I share a ride with have none of those things. While a transit fare is not that big a deal to me, for some people it’s the difference between getting to the job site (or high school!) or just having to stay home.
It’s obviously a huge problem, and I’m not going to pretend that I’ll be able to make much of a dent. I’d like to do SOMETHING, though. So, here’s the deal. I’d like to collect books of transit tickets and distribute them. The distribution part should be easy – I have connections with SUN schools and should have no problem getting the tickets into the hands of people who need them.
I think it’s a fantastic public-spirited idea. If you think so too, consider making a donation.
The first ten books of tickets will be donated to Yolanda House, a domestic violence shelter.
If you have an idea for the next ten books of tickets, contact Dr. Jeff (firstname.lastname@example.org)!