Yesterday, Marc Tomik (@marctomik) adapted an idea from King County, Washington and the Washington (state) DOT to write haikus about transportation on Twitter.

Because Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct is being torn down, @wsdot started a contest to write some “vaikus” about the viaduct.

  1. Marc decided to call for some road haikus.
  2. @CCTgirl @RideLikeCharlie @ajfroggie Roads really need Haikus. cc @wsdot
  3. And Adam Froehlig and others jumped right in:

  1. @marctomik @cctgirl @ridelikecharlie @wsdot Along the highway | Do I see the sights and sounds | Of America
  2. @ajfroggie @marctomik @CCTgirl @RideLikeCharlie @Tracktwentynine Highways get money | Transit is just as awesome | Can we get some too?
  3. I decided to try and thread the tweets by introducing the #transpohaiku hashtag. And it kind of took off from there.

  4. One hundred seven | years of moving the city | The New York Subway @AimeeCustis @CCTgirl @marctomik @RideLikeCharlie #transpohaiku
  5. Number 9 Perry | Gone with the last transit cuts | Wish I could ride again #transpohaiku
  6. Even in the cold | #Metro trains go everywhere | Except with 6 inches snow #transpohaiku
  7. Do not hold the doors | you’ll be sure to cause a jam | and offload us all. #transpohaiku #wmata
  8. You let me travel / when I am drunk or tired / enabling vice #transpohaiku
  9. America’s Trucks | Bring Life’s Essentials Safely | Efficiently Everyday #transpohaiku (cc @AdamKSnider)
  10. Some of the tweets echoed debates we often have on Greater Greater Washington.
  11. Cars are free market / aren’t there externalities? / debate without end #transpohaiku
  12. The right price to park / not too high but not too low / goldilocks pricing #shoup #transpohaiku
  13. New York Avenue | Florida Ave - Galludet | U. Soon: More long names. #transpohaiku #wmata #ShortenTheFreakingStationNames
  14. Bicycles are great | I confess: sometimes I ride | without a helmet. #transpohaiku #needafolduphelmetformybag
  15. Metro was a common subject, of course.
  16. Metro can frustrate | Traffic is worse. Perspective. | Transit for all. #transpohaiku #wmata
  17. Mournfully crying | the Metro escalator | moans, groans as it climbs: | #transpohaiku #wmata
  18. Metrobus riders | Keep moving to the back please | It’s crowded up front #transpohaiku #wmata
  19. i ride the green line | still waiting for cell signal | south of chinatown #transpohaiku #wmata
  20. Angry tweets and posts | Metro delay may raise ire | Interaction soothes #transpohaiku #wmata
  21. Did you see something? | Say ‘hey there, is that your bag?’ | Keeping metro safe #transpohaiku #wmata
  22. The idea spread to other cities, too.
  23. With cuts and fare hikes / in the City by the Bay / Muni is puny. #transpohaiku #munihaiku
  24. Shuttles shall replace | Red Line Kenmore to Broadway | this snowy weekend #mbta #transpohaiku
  25. Mapping Fixed Guideway | Use as a quick ‘burgh guide | This is Still a draft #TranspoHaiku @PGHtransit @bus15237
  26. We were even joined by the venerable Ray LaHood, Secretary of Transportation, Montgomery council member Roger Berliner, and @wmata.

  27. Stopping texts stops wrecks/ @AdCouncil and @NHTSAgov/ say in PSA #transpohaiku #dwd
  28. People have to climb | Hope escalators fixed soon | At #Bethesda stop #transpohaiku #wmata
  29. Our first stab… Today’s Noon Event | Leaders, Mascots And Conga | Celebrate Farragut Crossing #transpohaiku #wmata ^BA
  30. Tweets are still coming in, too.
  31. Public transit saves | keeps our environment green | a win-win for all #transpohaiku
  32. Traffic makes me sad | Reading on metro is nice | I like orange vinyl #transpohaiku #wmata
  33. Towards Zero Deaths now : guardrail, signs, lines, cones, rumbles : Safer roads save lives #transpohaiku #TZD

If you’re on Twitter, join the conversation. If not, leave your haikus in the comments.

Tagged: transit, twitter

Matt Johnson has lived in the Washington area since 2007. He has a Master’s in Planning from the University of Maryland and a BS in Public Policy from Georgia Tech. He lives in Dupont Circle. He’s a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and is an employee of the Montgomery County Department of Transportation. His views are his own and do not represent those of his employer.