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Transit Diary

How do Americans move through their cities? Here at Curbed, we’re super curious about the transportation habits of regular folks. So, using a diary format, we’re asking real people to track their multimodal journeys for a week and report back with the highs and lows of what it takes to get around town. Want to keep a transit diary for Curbed? Contact our urbanism editor at alissa@curbed.com

How cycling advocate Yashar Vasef gets around Portland

Using a $99 pass, he can access the city’s streetcar, light rail, buses, bike share—and even car share.

How mayoral candidate Randi Dorman gets around Tucson

The real estate developer is out campaigning by bike, on foot, and in a solar-powered car—in the 100-degree heat.

How bicycle ambassador Courtney Cobbs gets around Chicago

A hula-hooping cyclist’s quest for more bike lanes—and more bus lanes, too.

How NUMTOT founder Juliet Eldred gets around Boston

Bike-commuting, T-riding, and monorail-tweeting with the transit-oriented 20-something

How Amtrak engineer Blake Phillips-Rios gets around Southern California

What it’s like to drive a train for work.

How software engineer Brian Seel gets around Baltimore

It involves biking, scooting, and running—yes, running—to work.

How climate leader Chanell Fletcher gets around the Bay Area

The director of the advocacy group ClimatePlan brings a statewide network of partners together for a retreat—not an easy task when the goal of the organization is to reduce how much Californians drive.

How bike advocate Katie Deolloz gets around Austin

A car-free active-transportation champion is hooked on dockless scooters and e-bikes.

How autonomous vehicle planner Yes Segura gets around Seattle

The dockless bike fan drives for Uber on the side as a way to research the city’s streets.

How multimodal city councilor Michelle Wu gets around Boston

The mom of two makes use of buses, bikes, trains, and elevators—lots of elevators.

How 10-year stroke survivor Steven L. Patterson gets around St. Louis

Curbed is asking real people to track their multimodal journeys for a week and report back with the highs and lows of what it takes to get around town.

How sidewalk advocate Jessica Meaney gets around LA

Curbed is asking real people to track their multimodal journeys for a week and report back with the highs and lows of what it takes to get around town.