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    Posted November 29, 2011 by
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    Giving back to the NYC Bus Drivers


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Lizzy Showman and Kathleen Fitzgerald, students at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, share with us this video feature and tell us about their project to create a virtual community for NYC's M15 bus line commuters.

    'Not only is the M15 line the second busiest in the nation, it is also a big part of our own daily commute. Witnessing the long hours and sometimes hectic atmosphere the M15 bus drivers experience is part of the reason we connected with the bus line and decided to do something to show our appreciation. On top of that, the line services over 16.5 million riders a year (a few of whom we interviewed), allowing for a shared experience [...] that, in a weird and wonderful way, bonds all of us,' says Showman.

    The video was filmed and edited by Jeremiah Jireh Fabre of Paddle Productions. Read more about Showman and Fitzgerald in this story for CNN's Impact Your World.
    - elchueco, CNN iReport producer

    The NYC M15 bus line in Manhattan is the second busiest route in the U.S., serving over 16.5 million people a year. The life of a M15 bus driver is not always easy, but a thank-you is a start towards a better appreciation for their efforts. As graduate design students at The School of Visual Arts, we wanted to express our gratitude by creating custom designed butt cushions to help soften the ride for M15 Bus Drivers. We also invited customers and bus drivers alike to visit our social network dedicated to the M15 line (iheartm15.com) where people can share their thank-yous and stories about their local bus commutes. Please enjoy the video of our process!

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