Our Guest Blogger Alex Rosa of Traxler Tees tells us why he supports Transit Columbus and why transit matters!
Public transit is the backbone of movement in any growing city. I can’t help but wonder where New York City or San Francisco would be today if their train system and bus system weren’t as robust as it is. I grew up in New Jersey, about a 40-minute drive from New York City, and I can tell you that trains were my life. In high school, the weekend thing to do was to go into “The City”. I wasn’t even old enough to really experience all that New York had to offer, but that’s what my peers and I did every weekend since we were old enough to convince our parents that the trains and city were safe enough to navigate on our own. That level of independence was paramount in my own personal development, and in just being able to have fun as a kid. Riding the NJ Transit rail from my hometown all the way into the heart of NYC at Penn Station was one of those turning points from adolescents into “adulthood”. I didn’t have to depend on my parents anymore to go out into the world and see the world the way that I wanted to see it. Public transit allowed me freedom to explore.
What’s more is that as I got older, the train into the city became like an episode of Cheers. On Fridays you’d hop on the 3:35 p.m. train into the city and see your friends get on the same train to go visit friends or family for the weekend, and it just feels like you’re already at your destination. Even still when I go to my hometown, I’ll take the train into the city to see a friend and not only will I know someone on the train going there, I will definitely see a lot more of my friends coming back on the infamous 1:15 a.m. train that’s the last train out of the city until the next morning, so you either make that train or you’re sleeping at Penn Station until 7 a.m., or just going out until last call, which is at 4 a.m. in the city, and then hanging at the Dunkin’ Donuts in the station for a couple of hours. Either way, the train was the beautiful transient meeting place for all sorts of things. It simply allowed us access to something bigger and better on the other side of the Hudson.
Public transit is and can be a multitude of things to various people. Some people finish entire book series on trains, others just love staring out the window watching the world go by, some listen to music, and yet others work on their laptops and coordinate meetings and colleagues on their phones. No matter who you are or what it is that you do, having the option of public transportation opens you up to the opportunity to do more and see more with your time, while you’re on your way to do something else. It forces you to stay seated, get comfortable and just focus on yourself and the things that you are about to go take on. By the time you’ve gotten to where you need to go, you’ve taken the time to focus on yourself, and only yourself, because you don’t have to worry about the road a head, only the journey. You can even go so far as to use it as a time to disconnect and just let the gentle swaying of the train car and the “gudunk-gudunk” of the wheels going over the rails lull you to sleep until you arrive to your next adventure.
Ultimately, public transit to me is a way of life. It’s another environment to immerse yourself in while you connect yourself to opportunities that you would lose otherwise. I, fortunately, don’t have too long of a commute everyday, but when traffic hits, I can waste an hour or two a day just being in my car. Unfortunately, I can’t do much else but focus on driving. If I were to have, let’s say a Street Car, I could take those extra two hours and read more, or finish those e-mails I didn’t get to at the office, or better yet, open myself up to meeting a fellow commuter I’ve never met in a city I have yet to experience all of.
About our guest blogger Alex Rosa, COO, Traxler Custom Printing
Alex Rosa, originally from Morristown, New Jersey, moved to Columbus in March of 2015 with the ambition to relocate to a growing city where he could make his start. During his time in Columbus he has worked with Founders Factory, Skreened and now Traxler Custom Printing as their COO.
In 2016, after working in the apparel production industry for over a year, he opened his own retail company I’m Migrant LLC to use apparel as a way to overcome a struggle that he knew well during his time at The Ohio State University. After joining an AIESEC, a not-for-profit company that facilitated international internship programs, he wanted more than anything to travel the world and contribute to positive change by supporting development projects. Unfortunately, as he found out, having a big heart and an open mind wasn’t enough to go out into the world to do some good. In the end, a lack of resources kept him from contributing to the world the way he dreamt of. Thus five years after his graduation he started I’m Migrant, which takes over 25 percent of its profit and puts it into a fund to send individuals abroad at no cost to them during their time abroad.