I don’t just utilize public transportation. I’m passionate about it. And like so many, it started as a necessity to get me from Point A to Point B in a way that was affordable, reliable and convenient.
Over most of the past two years, the Rail Runner and Santa Fe Trails bus system have been part of my weekdays. As a student and student employee of Santa Fe Community College, I have relied on both transit systems to get me from where I was living in downtown Albuquerque to the campus in Santa Fe and back.
Choosing public transportation was a no-brainer. With only one vehicle in the family, it was clear that using the transit options near where I lived to get to and from the SFCC campus was the smart choice. It also kept the vehicle available for my significant other to get to and from work.
However, throughout the process, commuting became about more than just transportation. The other commuters became friends. The ticket takers, bus drivers and others who worked within the transit system were familiar faces I interacted with five days a week.