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They ride the bus together – now they're hanging out, too

By Amy Rainey
arainey@eyecharlotte.com

Plaza Midwood bus riders, unite!

A group of roughly 15 bus commuters from the neighborhood have formed the Plaza Midwood Bus Club.

It's mostly a fun, social group, but the club also has a busy agenda.

The members want to educate people about the bus, help increase ridership and share tips such as the best stops and routes, said Tom Gillam, who organized the group.

Gillam plans to attend public meetings about transit and represent the club. Last week, for example, he went to a meeting about the extension of the Lynx Blue Line to University City.

Gillam, who takes the No. 4 bus to work Uptown, got the idea in May.

“I just kept meeting people who got off at my stop and then I decided that everyone would probably want to be in a bus club,” he said jokingly.

Gillam said he hopes riders from other areas start similar groups.

The club meets monthly at the Thirsty Beaver and had its first social event last week.

Members took the light rail and/or bus to the East/West and Bland stops. They had drinks at the Gin Mill, dinner at La Paz and dessert at Tutto Mondo.

The South End event was an experience in transferring from bus to rail and got them exploring another neighborhood.

After all, he says, “you can always walk to Plaza Midwood.”

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