Rate Your Ride Student Winner Crystal Sheppard

by MTA Rate Your Ride on August 6, 2013

The MTA and Baltimore City Public Schools have teamed up to encourage Rate Your Ride. Every month of the school year through May 2014, MTA is randomly drawing one lucky phone number from the ratings it’s received from BCPS students. The winner receives a Nook Tablet and a $25 gift card to Barnes and Nobel. The prizes are sponsored by the Baltimore Student Attendance Campaign, The Central Maryland Transportation Alliance, The Open Society Institute – Baltimore and Barnes & Noble.

Certificate ReceivedCrystal Sheppard, a 10th grader from Heritage High School won our May drawing. Riding the 36 Line she saw the MTA advertisement. Filling out surveys as a hobby, Crystal decided to try and win. By answering five simple questions she entered to win a Nook; something she really wanted.

She was given a tour of our MTA offices and her prizes. These were presented to Crystal from Michael Walk, Director of Service Development of the MTA and Brian O’Malley, Director of Policy & Programs from the Central Maryland Transportations Alliance.

Crystal also experienced our MTA bus simulator. She drove in simulated Bus Cam Viewsettings based on real-life situations.The simulator gives the opportunity to associate reaction time, problem-solving, decision-making and judgment all at the same time. The situation repeats until the proper actions are retained. Our MTA drivers use this device before they are put into a bus.

What Crystal wanted to accomplish by completing the survey was for people to have a very good ride like she always has. She notices others say they have problems but they don’t speak up about them. Crystal mostly travels on the 8, 12, 22, 36 & 40 Lines. Her favorite ride is the light rail while she plays on her cell phone.

SIMULATOR 002After experiencing the simulator Crystal says, “Driving the bus simulator was my first time behind the wheel and it was fun even when I crashed! I think I will stick with riding the bus for a while.”

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