poetry on wheels

January 8, 2016

Bellingham Transit Company buses 1938

We have occasionally mentioned rider-friendly poetry that appears on buses, such as the winning poems from the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest on Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) buses in Whatcom County, Poetry On Buses in Seattle, and Poetry in Plain Sight in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

An article in the January 3, 2016, Seattle Times, “Riders find the meter is running when they board Vancouver buses” (reprinted from The Columbian), announces the first round of Poetry Moves bus cards in Vancouver, Washington. While neighboring Portland, Oregon, has been part of the nationwide Poetry in Motion transit poetry program for a while, this is the inaugural ride for C-Tran in Vancouver. See the poems here. Organizers Christopher Luna and Toni Partington expect to move ahead with a second round later in 2016.

For more poetry on the move, there’s Poetry in Transit in British Columbia, which has been placing poetry in TransLink and BC Transit vehicles and transit shelters each year since 1996. There’s a PDF of each year’s car cards on the Poetry in Transit site.

The Athens, Ohio, On the Bus program places poems on the outside of buses and continues them on the windows.

In San Antonio, Texas, Poetry on the Move, now in its seventh year, places poems in buses and passenger vans during National Poetry Month.

Enjoy your ride!
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WTA photo: brand new Bellingham Transit Company buses lined up in front of Bellingham High School, December 1938

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