Transit Tuesday: Peter Polikapenko

Syracuse, NY – Syracuse United Neighbors I am 73 years old and retired after a 31-year career as an administrator in the Syracuse City School District. I grew up and still live in the house where I was born on the south side of the city of Syracuse. I was part of a large family, […]

Transit Tuesday: Kathryn Hall

Albuquerque, NM – Together for Brothers I am an active member of Together for Brothers in Albuquerque.  I am proud to be part of an organization that helped push through zero fares and tries to make things better and safer for transit riders and bicyclists.   I didn’t grow up in New Mexico but in 2018 […]

Transit Tuesday: Guerda Synal

New York, NY – The Elmont Cultural Center I am new to the country and have lived in the Elmont community for one year. I am married and have two children, a six-year-old girl and a seven-month-old girl. We left Haiti because of unrest and violence. I don’t speak English very well yet. I want […]

Transit Tuesday: Stewart Schwartz

Washington, D.C. – Captain, United States Navy (Retired) and Coalition for Smarter Growth I served during the Cold War as a mission commander on land-based anti-submarine patrol aircraft (the P-3C Orion). When the Berlin Wall came down and the Soviet Union dissolved, I turned my focus to working on sustainable land use and transportation. I think a […]

Transit Tuesday: Markus Young, Sr.

Louisville, KY: VOCAL-KY I am from Louisville, Kentucky. I have lived around Louisville and spent time outside Kentucky and outside of Louisville. My family is what brought me back to Louisville. I am seeking to enjoy and create life with my family. I was born in west Louisville. I have been staying in the south […]

Transit Stories: Jalisa English

Chicago, IL – Access Living I was born and raised in Chicago, in the Hyde Park neighborhood. I went to George Washington High School. I’m in the middle of finishing up my college degree in business management and currently taking some computer and information technology classes. While I’m going to school, I’m also really trying […]

Transit Stories: Dane Lauritzen

Alexandria, VA – Coalition for Smarter Growth I grew up in a military family in various places including Heidelberg, Germany and Salt Lake City, UT, and then I went to college in Albuquerque, NM.  In 2016, I moved to Virginia to work as an attorney for the VA. In Albuquerque, I took transit, but it […]

Transit Stories: Paul Ryan Villanueva

Seattle, Washington I was born in the Philippines. I grew up in Egypt and then moved to Pennsylvania, then NYC, and finally, I moved to Auburn, Washington, when I was 16 to finish high school. Auburn is 30 minutes south of Seattle. When I moved to Auburn, I lived with my aunt and cousins. They […]

Transit Stories: Taylor Jaffee

Catskill Mountainkeeper – Livingston Manor, NY I grew up in Livingston Manor, NY on Snowdance Farm. Livingston Manor is in a rural part of the Catskills in Sullivan County, so when my parents moved our family upstate from New York City after the 9/11 attacks, they assumed that most people in the region were farming […]

Transit Stories: Flordelis Medina

Helena, Montana I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines on May 1, 1938. I was always interested in healing people, and decided to pursue, and eventually graduated, with a medical degree from Santo Tomas, a Catholic University in Manila. After medical school, I married my husband who was a music teacher. In 1967, we […]