Document Type

Honors Project

Abstract

This project engages the formation of place-narratives within the Metro Transit bus system by examining the structural factors and individual agents shaping a passenger’s experience of the bus. Using qualitative and quantitative methods, I bring together the literatures of transportation geography, and cultural/feminist geographies. Major themes from my research include the bus as a theater of performance/theater of conflict, the bus as a gateway to public life for those with limited mobility, and the bus as a relational space for specific passenger groups. Additionally, this project explores the significance of place within transit justice work in the Twin Cities. I propose that the concept of mobility, focused through the bus as a place of struggle and empowerment, allows for non-essentialist alliances within a diverse collection of stakeholders working to build a more just society.

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