Advocates for public transportation often promote practical advantages: affordability, accessibility, environmental friendliness, reduced traffic jams.
But Michelle Santa Maria, 24, likes it for a different reason.
"I just I feel like it's so cute," she says.
It's "cute" when when bus drivers greet her in the morning, or when she makes eye contact with a fellow passenger to see who will press the button to signal their stop, she says. It's clear that public transit means more to Santa Maria than just a way to get from Point A to Point B.