Public Transportation Showdown
Lauren here from the Chicago Metblog. Like Nicole, I will be guest blogging while I am in town for SXSW. And being from Chicago, I can never pass up the chance to use public transportation, no matter where I am. I guess it just goes hand in hand with being from a city that has the greatest public transportation system in the world. My first night here, I walked to the ginormous new Whole Foods to get some snacks and save on travel expenses. Instead of hiking about a mile and half back to the hotel with my groceries, I hopped on the Dillo. I talked to the driver and found out some great information about these new lines. Apparently, they get all their training information from Chicago, and the driver seemed sad about the underuse of the lines. He told me that the majority of the time, people just ignore the Dillo and take a cab. Even though the Dillo is free!
In Chicago, we are having a bit of a public transportation crisis, with fare hikes and service cuts in the works to make up for a $55 million dollar deficit. Hey Austin, you’ve got a great and FREE resource out there! Use it!