[nabs-l] transportation in your area

T. Joseph Carter carter.tjoseph at gmail.com
Fri May 29 01:38:41 UTC 2009


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"  
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> 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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