PATransit Tuesday: Unsure

I’m really not sure what to make of this, I really don’t.  One on hand, it’s kind of cool.  A nice bit of nostalgia, and some cool, retro designs (obviously).  And I love the Penguins, and it comes with a pass holder, and they’re just kind of cool.

But on the other, don’t we have more important things to be worrying about, you know, like the upcoming rate hikes, and service changes.

But I’m still unsure.  I just don’t know what to think.

Anyone?

Thoughts?

Bueller?

7 Comments so far

  1. Michael (unregistered) on December 10th, 2009 @ 12:03 pm

    I doubt the people who came up the passes are the same people that handle the service changes. It’s a nice gimmick.


  2. Mike (psion) on December 11th, 2009 @ 10:45 am

    I think gimmick is what I was looking for. In my head, I had trinket, but that wasn’t right.

    I do like the old designs though, kind of hip in a retro, overdone sort of way. Also kind of makes me wish PAT would do more topical passes now.


  3. LoldBralo (unregistered) on December 11th, 2009 @ 3:17 pm

    True words, some unadulterated words man. You made my day!!


  4. Bram R (unregistered) on December 12th, 2009 @ 3:03 pm

    For a long time (longer than I’ve been blogging, or particularly interested in local things) it has seemed like PAT has been inordinately proud of its graphic design elements. Like those Welcome! Wilkomen! things on the sides of their buses, and their full page print ads reminding people that THERE ARE BUSES. It’s like they have a bigshot designer over there that they’re afraid to cut lose. I wonder how much money over the years gets poured into these externalities.


  5. Mike (psion) on December 12th, 2009 @ 5:42 pm

    @LoldBralo – Glad I could make your day!

    @Bram R – I really liked the “welcome” themed buses, especially during the G-20 summit, I found them particularly poignant, but the problem, with those, and many of their other wraps, is that so often windows are switched out or replaced, messing the whole thing up. And yes, the passes and the ads seem to have this huge, big-budget feel to them. Not that it’s a bad thing (as long as it just a feel, and not an actual huge budget line), although I would kind of like to see what else they could come up with.


  6. Geezer (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2009 @ 9:00 am

    Those passes are from the 1991-92 era. They must have found a stash of them when cleaning out a closet — or the desk of someone who was let go!

    My take on the lettered buses is that they cost a lot to decorate, and don’t help to get me home any quicker than a plain paint job. Why spend the money for fluff and stuff???


  7. Mike (psion) on December 26th, 2009 @ 8:53 pm

    I guess I’m a bit partial to some of the fluff, but mostly because I do a lot of graphic design work. But you’re right, the ones that aren’t giant ads aren’t bringing in any money.



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