Thursday, December 8, 2016

TV is Finally Getting on Board with Public Transit

Was this group too good to ride the subway?
What's your favorite television show from the past? What about ones set in New York City? Have you ever noticed that the use of public transit is rarely depicted in these shows? Even ones set in New York like Seinfeld and Sex and the City.

Things are changing though, according to this NPR article. More shows are starting to depict characters routinely using public transit, like Girls, the Mindy Project, Broad City and Mr. Robot. Even shows not set in New York are starting to use buses and trains more often in plot lines. Jane the Virgin goes into labor on the bus. The characters on Atlanta have some deep conversations on buses.

And transit advocates are hoping the trend will continue, saying that positive depictions of people using ways to get around other than driving will get more people to do so in real life.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.