There was recently a long, passionate, and strange argument in the comment section of STB about whether food should be allowed on the bus. Some of the more bizarre (to me) arguments include: buses are so slow, I need to eat at some point in the journey and people shouldn’t eat on buses because Americans are fat.
I have a solution. I’ve been reading Darrin Nordahl’s book Making Transit Fun (we’ll have a review here in a few weeks), and this idea would fit right in to the theme.
The idea: change Metro policy to disallow all food except carrots. Hire a pleasant, friendly salesperson to wear Metro orange from head to foot. Buy large local organic carrots, wash and dry them, and cut the ends off (so carrot top litter doesn’t become a problem). Then have her hop on and off not-packed-full buses, selling carrots for $0.50 each. And give her an ORCA card reader to charge from your ePurse.
Yes, carrots are loud. But that’s part of the fun. Imagine hopping on a bus and finding it full people crunching on carrots.
- Carrots are healthy. There goes the Americans are fat argument.
- Carrots are food. There goes the OMG I WILL STARVE argument.
- Carrots are clean. They have little smell, aren’t wet or sticky, and have no wrapper.
- This would be fun. It would support interaction between bus riders. It might boost ORCA adoption, as you can actually buy something with it. It might even drive up ridership, as people see the news stories about bus carrots. It would certainly make the bus feel a little more friendly and inviting.