LRT Reading program

by mark nicholson | Apr 03, 2013
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Summary:

By the summer of 2014 we will have a fully functional light-rail transit system traversing a significant East-West coridor of St. Paul. It seems logical to take advanatage of this new infrastructure in some way. I belive in good public transit (and want to see it succeed), and look for social programs to help enhance the community in which we live in. Both seem to make a city a "better place." What if we could launch a (volunteer?) program that would combine working commuters (those riding the light-rail), with those in need of service (perhaps reading books to youth or helping with homework?). I'm not quite sure of the logistics of this idea - but hope that it could be appropriately launched with this seed money. I would envision a commuter that has time available on the light-rail to be paired with perhaps a student that needed help with homework. This would encourage use of the lightrail, and hopefully assist those in need of services so that volunteering would be easy enough that it just made sense.

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LRT Reading program

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By the summer of 2014 we will have a fully functional light-rail transit system traversing a significant East-West coridor of St. Paul. It seems logical to take advanatage of this new infrastructure in some way. I belive in good public transit (and want to see it succeed), and look for social programs to help enhance the community in which we live in. Both seem to make a city a "better place." What if we could launch a (volunteer?) program that would combine working commuters (those riding the light-rail), with those in need of service (perhaps reading books to youth or helping with homework?). I'm not quite sure of the logistics of this idea - but hope that it could be appropriately launched with this seed money. I would envision a commuter that has time available on the light-rail to be paired with perhaps a student that needed help with homework. This would encourage use of the lightrail, and hopefully assist those in need of services so that volunteering would be easy enough that it just made sense.

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This is an attempt to utilize public transit and social giving in a way that has never been done before. It could be an iconic model of advancing a community while utilizing an existing commuters time more wisely.

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This would have impact on rider numbers for the new light-rail system and help advance the knowledge of those in need.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

This idea would inspire others to better utilize their time, resources, and energy by either taking public tranit, giving back, and/or volunteering in their community.

bhjhgj hgjjg said: This program really helps a lot to the people living in that area. - Integrity Spas about this Competition Entry. - 2634 days ago read more >

mark nicholson updated this Competition Entry. - 2856 days ago

mark nicholson submitted this idea. - 2856 days ago