I have a collection of bus transfers and transit passes that has grown almost by accident over the years: a byproduct of my day-to-day life. I’ve lived car-free in multiple cities and I enjoy riding public transportation when I visit new places, so inevitably I have ended up with old transfers tucked away around the house: some saved as travel souvenirs, some re-purposed as bookmarks, some simply forgotten. Recently, I decided to gather them all up and formalize a collection. I regret not creating an intentional collection sooner – I’ve lost countless transfers moving between cities and apartments because I didn’t have a set place for them. Still, I have a nice variety, and hopefully more will turn up!
I thought I’d share just a few of the highlights from my collection.
This Austin Capital Metro bus transfer from 1996 is the oldest transfer in my collection.
This is an old Chicago CTA reloadable transit card from 2000. I prefer this “retro” design to the newer card designs.
My only experience riding public transportation outside the United States was in Paris in 2010. This is the “t+” ticket used on the Metro.
I visited Portland earlier this year and loved the look of the TriMet bus transfers – and the fact that they still punch out the day and zone codes!