It’s a wonderful example about how citizens can be engaged in a truly meaningful way. As the website states: TransitCamp was – and will continue to be – a solution playground, not a complaints department. It is as much a celebration of transit as it is a place where people gather to figure out how to make it better.
Much like a NFL game is as much about the tailgating, social/community oriented party in the stadium parking lot as it is about the serious game going on inside the stadium, TransitCamp is as much about celebrating and uniting the transit community as it is about the serious work of figuring out how to make the TTC better.
And, to top it all off, it was a place where ideas get to flourish and are not subjected to consensus and other lowest common denominator approaches.
This, and all sorts of other good reasons, is why HBR made it a breakthrough idea for 2008.
(BTW: Go Pats Go)