This chapter considers whether the public transport commute, historically a linear experience between the workplace and home, can be a third place rather than a soulless shuttle to be bracketed with ‘work’ as the opposite to ‘home’. In the context of this book, this topic is important because work is frequently separated from home. Suburban dwellers therefore spend considerable time moving between the two, with many travelling by public transport such as trains, trams, buses and ferries. As we shall see, the separation between home, transit and work is not as simple as it was once conceived to be, and this makes third places of mobility both interesting and complex. This exploration of public transport as a third place draws mainly on a literature review that is shaped and informed by knowledge and experience of public transport in cities in Australia and around the world that I have either lived in, visited, heard of or read about. It is not based on original research; instead it is hoped that it will inspire others to pursue research and implementation of more humane public transport systems that will enrich the lives of the communities and individual commuters using public transport to experience their first, second and third places.
|Title of host publication||Rethinking Third Places|
|Subtitle of host publication||Informal Public Spaces and Community Building|
|Editors||Joanne Dolley, Caryl Bosman|
|Place of Publication||Cheltenham|
|Publisher||Edward Elgar Publishing|
|Number of pages||22|
|Publication status||Published - 31 May 2019|