Friday, January 23, 2015

A victim of the automobile culture shows courage and sets an example for us

I am so thankful to be alive.It has been nearly 20 years since my accident. As my anniversary approaches. I would like to express my sincere thanks to my family and   friends for all of their love and support throughout my journey. I have been blessed beyond measure.

On January 27, 1995, I was crossing the street and was struck by a car on 3300 South 300 East, with result in a traumatic brain injury and pelvic fracture. It was a real challenge to relearn how to feed myself, dress myself, and walk without assistance. I was in the hospital for five weeks and underwent speech and physical for six months. I had to retain my brain to perform simple tasks such as word puzzles, sew, needlepoint with plastic canvas and many other things. 

It still find it hard to believe that I am now "disabled" person. For about a year, I was extremely depressed. All I would do was eat and sleep, and I gained 70 pounds.When I was having a good day I would have tendency to overexert and make myself ill for days, like having a bad dose of the flu.

Life is more challenging now, and I cannot do as much I used to do. I have learned to pace myself. There are times when I still overdo it and end up sick the next day. But instead of staying in bed, I get up shower and dive into one of my hobbies, which has proved to be very therapeutic. Over ime, my hobbies have helped me improve my motor skills and speed, even reduce the amount of medication I take.

In celebration I am rebuilding my life. I join VASA Fitness to get back into shape and have already lost 25 pounds. I am taking computer classes and learning how to start my own business, Tammi's Custom Jewelry & Gifts through Vocational Rehabilitation. I am spending more time with my lovely granddaughter and friends.

I am no longer angry. I do not blame God or feel sorry for myself. I try to stay positive. A person's life doesn't have to end just because they're disabled. I have grown to appreciate life more, especially the small things. You see, things happen for a reason, and I will try to make the most of the hand I'm dealt. "There but for the grace of God,go I." Life is a gift.

Thank You!
Tammi Diaz

(editor's note: Tammi is a free-transit activist in Utah)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Ridership up 17% in one year on free bus system in Bozeman, MT

Daily Chronicle: "From slow beginnings in 2006, Streamline has become a mainstay of the local transportation scene. From its inception, skeptics questioned the need for public transportation and whether it would ever be cost-effective. But, in the fiscal year ended last summer, Streamline buses logged more than 330,000 riders, an increase of 17 percent over the previous year. And the service expects to transport its 2 millionth rider overall in the next year."

Friday, December 12, 2014

"People are hungry for good #publictransit"

Seattle City Transportation Committee optimistic about new transit funding and leadership | West Seattle Herald / White Center News: " But overall there is strong public support for transportation, which is encouraging. “While 20 years ago there were a lot of skeptics of the light rail, on this time around people want to see the light rail at their door step,” the Councilmember Mike O’Brien said. “It’s exciting to think what’s possible.” Rasmussen also agreed it’s “positive” to see how people are now in favor of the light rail. Folks "on the ground are really hungry for good public transit and light rail is part of that and that’s exciting,” O'Brian said."

Sunday, November 2, 2014

King County, Washington, voters have a chance to vote for better bus service

Saturday, October 4, 2014

#Freetransit too expensive? Car collisions cost Portland a billion a year

Metro: "Across the metropolitan area, 159 people were killed on the region’s roads and more than 1,400 were severely injured from 2007 to 2009. Crashes and the resulting injuries and deaths cost the region $958 million a year in property damage, medical costs, and lost productivity – not to mention the pain and suffering from the loss of life. "

Sunday, September 14, 2014

New union aims to represent public transportation passengers

portlanddailysun : "Gaudette and Arsenault say the core concerns for bus riders these days revolve around the antiquated schedules, which haven't been adjusted for 20 years.
"Buses don't run when people need them," Arsenault said. "They're the same old routes although the populations have changed. There are more traffic lights, more automobiles. In the afternoon, there's supposed to be a bus every 20 minutes; they're all late."
The GPPTC hopes to fix that, and become a vehicle for fixing public transportation concerns as they come up.
For more information or to sign up for the GPPTC, email"