TRANSIT absolutely had to publish this post. It just took us a while to stop laughing first.
The Seattle Times did a feature on well-known & respected public transport planner Ted Day, describing how his interest in public transport grew when he was a child and led him to his ideal career with King County metro (the regional transport provider).
Bus-schedule collector at 10; bus-route planner at 39(Seattle Times, 13 July 2011)
For his third birthday, Teddy Day’s mom baked a cake in the shape of a bus, with yellow frosting and black stripes on the sides.
You see, Teddy loved buses and, in particular, everything about their routes: where they went, what time of day, how often, how the routes interconnected.
As the little boy grew, he would spend endless hours poring over King County Metro bus schedules.
“I wasn’t cognizant of why at the time,” says Day. “But it was a tangible thing to keep me busy. I had consistency.”
Now Ted Day is 39, and he works out of a cubicle on the fourth floor of the King Street Center in Pioneer Square.
He is a transit planner for King County Metro, part of a team that figures out routes for the system’s 9,600 bus stops.
This might not sound like an exciting job to many, but he is living out the dream that began at age 3.
The article continues from there.
The point of the post, dear readers, is to express that there should be hope for those interested in public transport. We’re normal, we have real interests and jobs and loved ones. So if there is a young person that you know who shows a strong interest in public transport, don’t worry about it.
They may turn their interest into a career one day. They may just volunteer their time like the members of TRANSIT. Or their interest may just remain a very satisfying hobby.
Either way, we are confident that they will be happy doing something they love.