When I first heard of Twitter, I thought it would be a short-lived fad. Celebrities said it was cathartic. I thought: Who wants all this catharsis in public?
It looks like, however, Twitter is here to stay. In fact, in today’s world it can be a powerful tool for communicating via social media.
During the past year, Blue Water Area Transit has sent “tweets” and gathered “LIKES” while we gradually developed our Facebook fanpage and Twitter identity. Now, this first issue of Blue Water Wave expands our digital communications program beyond our website.
In this blog, I will keep you up-to-date about local transit issues and developments — such as BWAT’s planned downtown transfer center. When I learn about local, national, and global news that you might be interested in, I will also include such updates here.
I would like to personally invite you to participate in this blog by sharing your observations, comments, and questions. And Facebook and Twitter, of course, are also good ways for us to converse.
There are two stories that kept popping up in the magazines and reports that crossed my desk during the past few weeks. Thought you might be interested:
Obama’s Big Day Keeps Metro Busy
Washington’s WMATA provided more than 779,000 Metro rail rides during President Obama’s second inauguration on January 21st. Nearly 150 public transit police officers from 15 agencies across the nation were deputized in Washington the day before to help with crowd management and security-related incidents.
Oldest Subway on Earth Celebrates 150 Years
Described by some as “the throbbing cardiovascular system of the greatest city on earth,” London’s Underground (“The Tube”) marked 150 Years this month. One of the original, coal-fired Tube trains returned to service to commemorate the anniversary. The stretch of the line between Paddington and Farringdon, which was then called the Metropolitan Railway, opened on that date in 1863.