After Elon Musk complained about the kinds of people who take transit (like serial killers), Brent Toderian asked the question what are #GreatThingsThatHappenedOnTransit?
We covered on TreeHugger how Elon Musk doesn't much like public transportation; he told Wired:
"I think public transport is painful. It sucks. Why do you want to get on something with a lot of other people, that doesn’t leave where you want it to leave, doesn’t start where you want it to start, doesn’t end where you want it to end? And it doesn’t go all the time. It’s a pain in the ass,” he continued. “That’s why everyone doesn’t like it. And there’s like a bunch of random strangers, one of who might be a serial killer, OK, great."
Planner and consultant Brent Toderian likes transit, and after we were having a twitter conversation about Musk, he tweeted:
Brent started the game:
Many to chose from, but the best day I ever had on public transit was the day my wife & I took the #17 bus home from the hospital for the first time with our new baby Alexander. The motion & sound made him sleep! His love of buses was born. #GreatThingsThatHappenedOnTransit pic.twitter.com/ZBPlp1nSkn— Brent Toderian (@BrentToderian) December 18, 2017
Brent has a lot of followers, and got some great responses; some of my favorites, from well known writers like:
I met my wife on a train platform. https://t.co/8tpO6RJpKh— Jeff Speck (@JeffSpeckAICP) December 18, 2017
Mine was boring. Nothing happened yesterday for me to get really excited about, other than a fast trip with no serial killers (although the guy with the red bag did pick his nose and inspect it, which was kind of gross).
Nothing special; just a fast ride home on a subway longer than @elonmusk ‘s tunnel and our new bendy bomber streetcar while I look at my phone #greatthingsthathappenedontransit pic.twitter.com/rjAeHGnEdb— Lloyd Alter (@lloydalter) December 18, 2017
But mostly responses came from ordinary people who had extraordinary experiences.
In Berlin, riding a packed bus to the airport. Everyone's quiet and a bit annoyed. In the back of the bus a couple of young guys start singing 'Ring of Fire' accompanied by a guitar. Half of the bus joins in the song, everyone starts smiling. #GreatThingsThatHappenedOnTransit— Joonas Linkola (@joonaslinkola) December 19, 2017
I found $5. #GreatThingsThatHappenedOnTransit— Jake (@Jacobbarett) December 19, 2017
I met the woman who would become my wife. Ten years since we met this year. #GreatThingsThatHappenedOnTransit— Aidan Melville (@aidanmelville) December 19, 2017
I began speaking with a really old lady next to me, and we realized that she met my recently dead grandma when they were young. She spoke me about my grandma and her active contribution to the women of her community all the way... @elonmusk #GreatThingsThatHappenedOnTransit— ERI (@eri_ATTG) December 19, 2017
I had time to re-read all of F. Scott Fitzgerald's short stories while commuting on the subway. Highly recommended.... #GreatThingsThatHappenedOnTransit— Jim Gough (@JimGoughTrans) December 19, 2017
I met a cute ultimate frisbee player on the train home. We got talking, changed trains, got off at the same station and walked by my place on the way to hers. It’s 16 years later and we’ve been married for 11 years. #GreatThingsThatHappenedOnTransit— Tim Wardrop (@timwardrop) December 19, 2017
Where to start? I've discovered great music and read amazing books. I get fashion inspiration from other commuters, and every day I get to simply sit and breathe without distraction. It's a welcome break from my busy life. #GreatThingsThatHappenedOnTransit @ATPcommutes— Claudia Pors (@claudiapors_atp) December 18, 2017
Lots of great experiences with kids.
Riding the train with my son, we once met a guy dressed as a rebel pilot. He even let my son try on his helmet (but, of course, I can't find the picture).#GreatThingsThatHappenedOnTransit— ShannyM (@ShannaMcKinnon) December 19, 2017
Me and my son not being murdered on @RideRTD today. The next #GreatThingsThatHappenedOnTransit was discussing with the ladies next to us the differences between commuter rail and light rail. pic.twitter.com/uS7cEmYKuN— Marne Duke (@marneduke) December 19, 2017
And finally, my favorite:
In the end, I agree with Brent: "This has become really inspiring, Lloyd. People rebutting Elon with their own stories of connection & community." Elon Musk should try it. What happened to you?