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Speedline Commuter-Bloggers Wanted

The Delaware Valley Association of Rail Passengers is looking for sharp-eyed rail-riders to become public transit watchdogs.

Patchers, we know you ride the rails of the PATCO High Speedline, and we know you have opinions.

Now the Delaware Valley Association of Rail Passengers (DVARP) is offering you an opportunity to weigh in on issues with the public transit system. Patch is partnering with DVARP to find daily PATCO riders who want to blog about their experiences with the commuter infrastructure.

“Whether it's SEPTA in Pennsylvania, DART in Delaware, PATCO in South Jersey or Amtrak, we’re really trying to take a hyperlocal approach to getting feedback on rail service,” said Andy Sharpe, DVARP communications director.

According to Sharpe, volunteers would have a relatively minimal workload. Just log one entry a week with a few observations, complaints, commendations or suggestions. Patch will work with interested parties to get the blog set up.

The best part about it, Sharpe says, is that the feedback that bloggers offer can drive real change.

“PATCO and SEPTA both listen to us, so we can always relay any complaints or commendations that riders might have,” he said.

“It’s good for Patch readers and it’s definitely good for PATCO riders.”

Want to be a civic watchdog while you commute? Send an email to matt.skoufalos@patch.com.

D M J August 28, 2012 at 01:24 PM
What is the pay?
Matt Skoufalos August 28, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Your rewards are the knowledge that you're helping improve the conditions for all your fellow riders! In dollar terms, the figure is zero.
Andy Sharpe August 28, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Hi D M J, Andy Sharpe at DVARP here. I wish we could pay, but we're a small non-profit on an extremely tight budget. As Matt said, the reward will be a better experience riding PATCO. If anyone is interested, shoot me an e-mail at sharpe@dvarp.org.

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