The Transit Interpretation Project (TrIP) begins Friday, November 1. David Moran, who has been an integral part of putting the project together will get on the bus the night before on Halloween Night, and ride from the UCF area to the Parliament House. He plans on walking back home after the bar closes. He told me that Google Maps says the walk home is 4 hours and 17 minutes long. The next day he will pass the 30 day Lynx pass to Hannah Plate who will take the 313 towards Winter Park. Everyday in November artists, writers, urban planners, guerrilla gardners, graphic novelists, composers, fashion designers, tactical urbanists, psychogeographers and others will take the Lynx pass riding at least one route that a previous person has not taken. The participants have 30 days after they ride to give us something that we can post on the blog. It can be glimpse of a work in progress or a complete work. Most of us do not ever ride the bus or ride it very often. That’s another reason why this is important. I hear lots of passionate debates about public transit, and most of the debaters never ride or have never ridden public transit. David Moran and few others who ride the bus as their primary transportation have been very helpful as advisors.
TrIP is a part of the Corridor Project. The Corridor Project documents site specific art projects. So far all of these events have been in central Florida. Site specific art helps give context, a narrative and a sense of place. The people involved in TrIP can supply personal narratives that statistical studies usually lack, although we do have a survey for each person to fill out at the end of the day. This is partially a throwback to the days when I worked in a lab and did environmental field studies. Some of what we had to fill out in our field notes seemed unnecessary while we were doing it, but sometimes later became a variable, for instance if there were signs of turbidity or some other abnormality in water tests, and we looked back at our notes or weather conditions that helped explain or reminded us of what was going on that day.
We will be learning as we go. The objective is to familiarize ourselves with the bus system, the area we live in and to give people a voice. After November 30th we will have finished Phase I of TrIP. We want to gather everything and see what we have, look for connections, without trying to force connections. We eventually want to cover all the routes. There are 71 daily bus routes. The goal is to take a similar look at Sunrail, and other modes of travel that do not involve driving your own car.