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Haiku Hails Wheels2U

Behold the shuttle 
The lifeline to liberty 
Temptress of travel 

Shuttle buses were not around when haiku began.

But they were the subject of the recent Westport Transit District’s Wheels2U contest. And the above poem by Judith Marks-White snagged first place.

Judges Diane Meyer Lowman (the town’s poet laureate emeritus) and Peter Gold (WTD director) chose the longtime local writer’s entry, out of over than 220 submissions.


There were 2 second-place winners. Melissa Crouch Chang wrote:

Daffodil day trip
Botanical gardens bliss
Starts with Wheels2U

Harry Rimm said:

Home to train daily
Reliable and friendly
Train to home daily

The 4 third prize winners were Diane Reda-West:

Flowing stop to stop
Arriving on time smoothly
Easy and relaxed

Sara Roche:

Morning sun rises
Carefree, I wait on the curb
A ride to the train 

Rich Hochman:

Cheap ride, warm inside
Awaits at your door or train
Efficient and green

And Alyssa Hyman:

Convenience is key
When you go to NYC
Wheels2U, and me!

Melissa Crouch Chang had a pair of honorable mention haikus:

No need to scrape frost
From your minivan windows
Winter Wheels2U

Relationship balm
Early morning Wheels2U
Lets your love sleep in

Jonathan Prager also earned an honorable mention:

Phone tap, van arrives
Efficient trip to the train
Zip, zip. Wheels2U

Marks-White won a $100 gift certificate to a Westport restaurant of her choice. The silver medalists earned $50 gift certificates; the bronze winners, $25 each.

Wheels2U Westport is the Transit District’s on-demand, group ride, door to train platform shuttle service. Residents and commuters to Westport can use the Wheels2U Westport app to request a pickup between 5:45 and 10 a.m., and 4 and 9:30 p.m. They will ride to or from the Saugatuck or Greens Farms train platform, and their front door anywhere in Westport. The fare is $2 when paid with the Wheels2U app.

For more information about Wheels2U, click here. For more information about the Westport Transit District’s services for the elderly and people with disabilities, click here.

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