[nabs-l] transportation in your area

Jennifer Aberdeen freespirit328 at gmail.com
Mon Jun 1 00:57:09 UTC 2009


Ashley and all,

I'll be starting a three month paid internship in a few weeks. I will be 
taking para-transit everyday. It's about twenty-five miles each way, so I 
don't mind paying the $7.00 fee. It will be a major pain for me though 
because I'm always very stressed when I take para-transit. I never know if 
my wheelchair will tip over or not.

Anyway, that's how I'll be getting back and forth to work.

Jen


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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ashley Bramlett" <bookwormahb at earthlink.net>
To: "National Association of Blind Students mailing list" 
<nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Sunday, May 31, 2009 7:49 PM
Subject: Re: [nabs-l] transportation in your area


> Jessica,
> Be careful.  Interview them thouroughly and check a reference or two. 
> You'll get so many types of people from the internet which is why I'd 
> advertise in a more restricted location.  Also get background checks.
>
> For those of you working already I'd be curious about your commute to 
> work. Do you always use public transit?  Have you done car pooling?
> I don't live near metro so when I had a summer job in the government I 
> took metro from work as close to home as possible and someone picked me up 
> there to ride home.
>
> Ashley
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Jessica Kostiw" <jessicac.kostiw at gmail.com>
> To: "National Association of Blind Students mailing list" 
> <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
> Sent: Saturday, May 30, 2009 8:30 PM
> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] transportation in your area
>
>
>> Other then the driver being a complete idiot and smelling like a dumjp 
>> truck it went okay... but not going to work out... he's a moron
>> ----- Original Message ----- 
>> From: "T. Joseph Carter" <carter.tjoseph at gmail.com>
>> To: "National Association of Blind Students mailing list" 
>> <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
>> Sent: Thursday, May 28, 2009 8:38 PM
>> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] transportation in your area
>>
>>
>>> Jessica,
>>>
>>> I wouldn't trust a driver I met at a Starbucks.  How can you trust a 
>>> driver who would consume that swill?  *grin*
>>>
>>> Joseph
>>> Admitted Coffee Snob
>>>
>>>
>>> On Thu, May 28, 2009 at 05:29:08PM -0500, Jessica Kostiw wrote:
>>>> I just got back from meeting a new driver at our local starbucks.  All 
>>>> and all I think it went well.  He seems really nice...and normal.
>>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Ashley Bramlett" 
>>>> <bookwormahb at earthlink.net>
>>>> To: "National Association of Blind Students mailing list" 
>>>> <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
>>>> Sent: Thursday, May 28, 2009 5:07 PM
>>>> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] transportation in your area
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> Jessica,
>>>>>
>>>>> I think its important to work near public transportation.  I wouldn't 
>>>>> want a job far out not near transportation.  You may have to change 
>>>>> jobs.
>>>>> I don't think an ad on craigslist or internet is a good idea for a 
>>>>> driver. Yes
>>>>> quacks would come out of the wood work on something like that.  Its 
>>>>> better to ask in a safer setting and limit the pool of people you'd 
>>>>> get. If I wanted a driver I'd ask at work, in church and in the 
>>>>> community I was a member of.  Retired people may be an option.  Those 
>>>>> in lions or other service clubs are ideas.
>>>>>
>>>>> Parts of the area have great transit like Arlington and Fairfax, but 
>>>>> further out does not and its still considered northern va.  Loudoun 
>>>>> and Prince William don't have much transit.  Hope others respond.  I 
>>>>> think if your town doesn't have enough transit there are ways round it 
>>>>> but its harder then. You can car pool or hire a driver.
>>>>>
>>>>> Ashley
>>>>>
>>>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Jessica Kostiw" 
>>>>> <jessicac.kostiw at gmail.com>
>>>>> To: "National Association of Blind Students mailing list" 
>>>>> <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
>>>>> Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 10:03 PM
>>>>> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] transportation in your area
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>> Ashley I love this topic!  Thanks for bringing it up.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Listers,  Ashley and I both live in Fairfax county.  Transportation 
>>>>>> has been on the forefront of my concerns since I moved to Virginia 
>>>>>> from Louisiana in August.  I moved from a small town back to an area 
>>>>>> where people didn't ask what street you lived on, but what town and 
>>>>>> even what county.  Yes, northern Va is very metropolitan, but there 
>>>>>> is a reason they call it suburban sprawl. If you live in Arlington 
>>>>>> county and some parts of Alexandria, you are fine. I live in north 
>>>>>> eastern Fairfax county and work in the south western part of the 
>>>>>> county, right on the Loudoun line.  As Ashley stated, Loudoun has no 
>>>>>> transportation, and Prince William has even less.  I am in a 
>>>>>> predicament! My parents are like when are you moving out, and I am 
>>>>>> like what am I going to do? As it stands now, my commute is a half an 
>>>>>> hour without traffic, which never happens, and an hour with traffic. 
>>>>>> Two days ago I placed an add on Craigslist for a driver.  You can 
>>>>>> imagine the quacks that come out of the woodworks when they year a 25 
>>>>>> year old working professional female is seeking a driver  for pay.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Not meaning to bring a downer...
>>>>>> Happy summer!
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Jessica Kostiw
>>>>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Ashley Bramlett" 
>>>>>> <bookwormahb at earthlink.net>
>>>>>> To: "National Association of Blind Students mailing list" 
>>>>>> <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
>>>>>> Sent: Friday, May 22, 2009 9:51 PM
>>>>>> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] transportation in your area
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Hi Peter,
>>>>>>> Well, I could suggest it.  Virginia is big and it would be complex 
>>>>>>> to add everything to the website.  I guess different representatives 
>>>>>>> from different regions of the state would have to submit info about 
>>>>>>> their area. In northern VA we have metro bus as well as several
>>>>>>> local buses riding around the city.  That's five little bus lines 
>>>>>>> and that just covers part of northern VA.  Major cities have 
>>>>>>> transportation. However ruraral areas and less dense areas have 
>>>>>>> inadaquate or no transportation. For instance Loudoun county  has 
>>>>>>> few options and Winchester last I checked had no bus system.
>>>>>>> So it just depends on where you live.  While its a good idea to put 
>>>>>>> public transit contact info on the website its hard to be inclusive 
>>>>>>> about all the state.  Also there are many ways such as calls, 
>>>>>>> internet searches and talking to friends to obtain information about 
>>>>>>> your local transportation options.
>>>>>>> I'll suggest it though and see if we come up with a way to put down 
>>>>>>> major bus systems.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> When your website is up with this info, let us know the link since 
>>>>>>> I'm curious to know what you included on the site.
>>>>>>> Ashley
>>>>>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Peter Donahue" 
>>>>>>> <pdonahue1 at sbcglobal.net>
>>>>>>> To: "National Association of Blind Students mailing list" 
>>>>>>> <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
>>>>>>> Sent: Friday, May 22, 2009 9:06 PM
>>>>>>> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] transportation in your area
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Hello Ashley and listers,
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>    And add such information to your affiliate and division Web 
>>>>>>>> sites. Stay
>>>>>>>> tuned to the launch of the NFB of Texas San Antonio Chapter Web 
>>>>>>>> Site for an
>>>>>>>> example of what can be done where available area transportation 
>>>>>>>> exists.
>>>>>>>> There are transportation resources in San Antonio that most of our 
>>>>>>>> members
>>>>>>>> were totally unaware of. I'm a strong advocate for including such
>>>>>>>> information on affiliate and division Web sites and strongly urge 
>>>>>>>> you to do
>>>>>>>> it.
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Peter Donahue
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Ashley Bramlett" 
>>>>>>>> <bookwormahb at earthlink.net>
>>>>>>>> To: "National Association of Blind Students mailing list"
>>>>>>>> <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
>>>>>>>> Sent: Friday, May 22, 2009 3:21 PM
>>>>>>>> Subject: [nabs-l] transportation in your area
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Hi all,
>>>>>>>> Let's have a more productive topic than rehashing ACB/NFB 
>>>>>>>> frictions. I've
>>>>>>>> got one.
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> How is the transportation in your area?  Say where you go to school 
>>>>>>>> as that
>>>>>>>> makes a difference.  If you're in a metropolitian area its probably 
>>>>>>>> decent.
>>>>>>>> How about near your home?  If you have transportation, is it 
>>>>>>>> adaquate? Are
>>>>>>>> bus drivers accomodating by calling out bus stops upon request? 
>>>>>>>> Are they
>>>>>>>> helpful in giving directions to find seats if you want it?
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> For me, its pretty decent at school.  I'm near DC, in northern va. 
>>>>>>>> When I
>>>>>>>> attended the large state school George Mason University, GMU was 
>>>>>>>> great. The
>>>>>>>> CUE bus came to GMU and went around the city and to the Vienna 
>>>>>>>> metro. Metro
>>>>>>>> Buses were just across the street from the college.
>>>>>>>> At Marymount in Arlington, the school shuttle bus went to Ballston 
>>>>>>>> metro.
>>>>>>>> That's our subway.  From there you could take the metro, get 
>>>>>>>> Art(arlington)
>>>>>>>> buses, many metro buses, or walk to many shops and restaurants. 
>>>>>>>> Ruby
>>>>>>>> Tuesday, IHOP, a pizza place, and Chevy's were just a few 
>>>>>>>> accessible.
>>>>>>>> At home there are not sidewalks and metro buses are not accessible 
>>>>>>>> to us.
>>>>>>>> So I have not done much public transit travel.  I did some on 
>>>>>>>> mobility and
>>>>>>>> when I lived at MU since I had access to them.
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> In my limited experience, metro is good.  Other customers are 
>>>>>>>> friendly and
>>>>>>>> happily answer my questions as to what line to go on as there is no
>>>>>>>> accessible way to know you're in front of an orange or blue train; 
>>>>>>>> they
>>>>>>>> share the same track.  Drivers announce stops on buses although 
>>>>>>>> many now
>>>>>>>> have talking systems announcing major stops automatically.
>>>>>>>> On a crowded bus or subway as I'm departing its helpful that most 
>>>>>>>> of the
>>>>>>>> riders move out of the way so I can have a clear path and exit 
>>>>>>>> before the
>>>>>>>> door closes.  Especially on metro rail, subway, you have a limited 
>>>>>>>> time to
>>>>>>>> exit until the door shuts and you miss your stop.
>>>>>>>> On metro rail drivers announce stops, but if I can't hear them due 
>>>>>>>> to low
>>>>>>>> voice or something, I count stops or ask fellow passengers.
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Metro service is better during the day time as with all public 
>>>>>>>> transit
>>>>>>>> services.  On weekends its infrequent.  Some lines do not run and 
>>>>>>>> others
>>>>>>>> only run a bus once an hour.
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> So those are my thoughts.
>>>>>>>> Ashley
>>>>>>>>
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