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#4. UITP Grow with Public Transport

http://www.youtube.com/user/UITPvideos?feature=watch

“The Grow with Public Transport campaign is an initiative of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP). It targets policy makers worldwide and aims to raise their awareness of the urgent need for more and better public transport, highlighting the benefits of sustainable mobility. “

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#1. I know it’s difficult to be in a packed train carriage every morning but…

You’re future husband could be waiting for you at central station tomorrow morning.  So stop driving if you need a boyfriend.
This is pretty much what happen to the Sound of Music star Connie Fisher.
She met her husband Reed two years ago on Platform 1 of Cardiff station, when they were both travelling to London for work. Although they talked a bit, they were unable to catch the same train and parted without knowing each other’s contact details.
Reed eventually traced her through a mutual friend and that’s how their romance began.
I understand how it is so difficult to be in a packed train carriage every morning when I’m on my way to my university.
But I should admit, that I actually have made a lot of good friends ( not a future husband, yet) on trains and buses they have made my life much more interesting than it was before.
When I first started university, as in when I was still on my so-called ‘L’s for losers’, I had to catch a bus from my small suburb in Liverpool to Liverpool station, a train from Liverpool station to Central station, then a bus from Central station to my campus.  At first, it was a confusing and exhausting 2hr Sydney public transport adventure. But it then started to become a daily opportunity to make friends for a girl who never had any friends from any other regions of Sydney besides Liverpool.
Not everyone was nice and lovely of course, but there were a lot of interesting people. I met a mega talented violinist who is now my friend and I even got to know some of the people I never knew from my own high school.
So, why don’t you join me from tomorrow? Put your ear phones back into your pocket, iPhone into your bag (it’ll give you a spinal problem if you don’t) and ask the person next to you a random question. Anything’s generic. From your standard.