I looked toward the source of the irritating sound. A woman, who was busy listening to something on her laptop, earphones clamped to her head, sat in the chair beside me. I hope she has a tissue, I thought. I hope she blows her nose.
For me, a young guy looking to help build the Detroit of the future, I hope we accept that the mythology of car ownership doesn't need to be our death sentence. We aren't some antiquated city that can't adapt to world of tomorrow.
If Detroit wants to stabilize and grow its economy, buses, rapid buses, and light rail must all be included in Detroit's regional transportation system. If Detroit only supports a basic bus system, we will remain a third-class city.
New Orleans business and community leaders have argued that an intercity rail line would benefit the region economically and culturally, and would be another way for New Orleans residents to head north when hurricanes approach.
In the flurry of a mass orchestrated adrenaline rush, busloads of previous strangers had formed 38 teams on the road and, as described by Cleveland bus conductor Anthony Broad Crawford, "gone through the complete life cycle of a startup."