tell your transit story — win an iPod


We all have our reasons for riding public transit and many of us feel strongly about them, especially when trying to explain to non-riders why we choose to take the bus or ride in a vanpool instead of driving our cars every day.

Now’s your chance to tell a wider audience. DART is holding a “Tell Your Transit Story” contest — win an iPod! — in order to gather the real-life stories of real riders. A handful of these stories will then be used as part of a marketing campaign to spread the word about the many benefits of public transit.

Here are the contest details:

Entries can be submitted by video (3 minutes maximum) or in writing (1,000 words or fewer) to DART by Friday, September 24.

Submissions should be in one of the following categories: Economy, Environment, Energy and Quality of Life.

The grand prize winner will receive an iPod Touch and the 1st place winner in each category will receive a new iPod Nano.

For questions or additional contest details, call 515.283.8100.

Entries should include the contestant’s name, phone number, email and employer (if applicable).

Email entries to or mail them to DART, Tell Your Transit Story, 1100 DART Way, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Those of you who follow the bus blog already know why this author prefers taking the bus to work. I’m not anti-car; I just don’t enjoy driving amid morning traffic because I have no patience for impatient drivers, whose race track antics put me in a foul mood before I ever steps foot in the office. It is far preferable to leave the driving to someone else and listen to read a book or blog or newspaper while listening to Pandora on a BlackBerry. My commute is a time of calm, a respite from an otherwise hectic day.

What’s your reason?