My name is Harry and I am a transit-enthusiast living in Greater Victoria. I began my life in the United Kingdom, where mass transit is expensive, complex and sometimes hard to understand. When my family moved to Vancouver, and later Greater Victoria, we discovered just how easy it is to understand the basics of taking the bus on trips instead of traveling by car.
It was in 2008 that travel by bus really appealed to me. I soon found that my whole life had completely changed, I could travel anywhere I wanted to within Greater Victoria and back for less than $5. I naturally became curious about what types of buses were operated by BC Transit and TransLink; and I soon found that by using the internet alone I could find information about almost every single bus in the fleet, past and present. I suddenly knew how old the buses were, which engine they had, which systems they\\\'d previously been assigned to, and I somehow stored all of it within my head. Now if I see a bus going by, I know where it\\\'s been, what engine it has, and even what make the bus is – just by the three or four digit fleet number!
I\\\'m part of a large group of people all across Canada who keep track of the buses in our local (and not so local!) communities and share information with each other and discuss any changes or suggestions we\\\'d like to submit to our local transit systems. Some of us feel that we could really help to make transit even just a bit easier for people to use and understand.
For me, the biggest excitement comes when a project such as the Hwy 1 RapidBus in Metro Vancouver is announced, partly because it will improve transit options along the corridor between Burnaby/Surrey/Langley (TransLink), and Abbotsford/Mission/Chilliwack (BC Transit).
In many cases, I have contacted BC Transit management staff, local councillors, provincial ministers and others with suggestions to help make everyone\\\'s transit ride a better one. Every time I\\\'ve received a courteous and full response from them. More than anything I hope that somehow, someday, I can help to improve the efficiency of local transit in a way that only a transit-enthusiast like myself can do.
Transit opened up a whole new life for me, and it continues to do so on a daily basis. It makes me feel like I have a purpose in life, and even though I haven\\\'t quite fulfilled that purpose yet, it gives me something to aim for in the years to come.