Transit Tales is a multimedia program that increases community engagement, documents the experiences of ordinary citizens, and uses daily life as an inspiration for creative storytelling. The program is a partnership between two transit advocacy organizations, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG) and Pittsburghers for Public Transit (PPT), and local theater troupe Bricolage Production Company (BPC). Transit Tales shows how public transportation affects the lives of real people in Allegheny County. The program amplifies the voices of all kinds of people riders, non-riders, and drivers – through radio, the Pittsburgh City Paper, social media, partner websites, and live performance.
“Transit Tales has been a wonderful opportunity to put faces to the people of our public transit system. Despite the diversity of participants, all of them believe that transit is critical to their lives and the community’s vitality.” –Breen Masciotra
By humanizing public transportation, Transit Tales improves perception and support of public transportation by growing people’s understanding of its social, environmental, and economic relevance to the lives of all residents in Pittsburgh. The program raises public awareness about transit funding issues and the ways that diverse but interdependent communities are affected by the health of public transit systems. This effort encourages civic engagement from a diversity of audiences that may not engage in traditional conversations; bridges divides between generations and regions; and raises awareness of options for citizens to influence community discourse and decision-making.
You can help Transit Tales’ mission by visiting the program’s website where you can listen to others’ stories, or submit your own.
Transit Tales, a project of Bricolage Production Company, is a multimedia program of community engagement, experience documentation and creative storytelling. The program aims to raise public awareness and positive perception of public transit while attracting involvement from a diversity of audiences. With help from the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group and Pittsburghers for Public Transit, the project gathers stories from riders, vehicle operators and other citizens, recording in audio, print and video formats for distribution through outlets like partner organizations’ websites, social media, public radio and the City Paper. The project team then plans to develop theatrical opportunities based on the collected stories and invite other artists, writers and community members to form their own creative interpretations.