Helping People One Ride at a Time
Hilary Moore Hebert had a simple idea.
She knew many visitors to Washington, D.C. buy fare cards to ride the city's public transportation system. What would happen, she wondered, if visitors donated old fare cards to help poor people get to jobs, doctors' offices or schools?
Moore Hebert bought 56 fare cards for a group from New Orleans, Louisiana. Its members were traveling to the nation's capital for the Women's March on Washington. The march was held January 21.
She asked that the cards be returned after the event. She offered to donate them to a charitable group.
But Moore Hebert did much more than that.
She put out a request on Facebook and other social media. It was directed to the hundreds of thousands of people who attended the Women's March and the hundreds of thousands at the swearing-in of President Donald Trump the day before. Would they consider donating old fare cards to help needy people?
Moore Hebert's efforts paid off. More than 10,000 fare cards were donated in just over three weeks. They continue to arrive by mail from as far away as Hawaii.
Three charities are receiving the cards and continue to accept them. The three are Martha's Table and Miriam's Kitchen of Washington D.C., and Doorways for Women and Families of Virginia. They are providing reports on social media about the donations.
What are Fare Cards?
Washington's public transportation system requires people to pay for their trips with plastic, "SmartTrip" cards.
Each card is like a credit card, and comes with a computer chip that removes the cost of each trip from the card's value. A person with a $10 card, who takes a bus trip costing $2, would have $8 remaining for future trips.
Often people visiting Washington, or any city with a fare card system, end up buying a card for more trips then they take.
So unless they plan to return to that city soon, chances are that money is lost forever.
Unless they donate the cards.
"I'm very surprised and happy that it ended up with so many fare cards being donated," Moore Hebert told VOA. She lives on a farm in Germantown, Maryland, outside of Washington.
Subways rides can be costly. One-way trips on Washington's subway and bus system cost $1.75 to over $5, depending on distance and time of day traveled.
SmartTrip cards have value, even if there is no balance left on the cards. That is because a person planning their first trip on the transportation system must buy a Smart Trip card. Each one costs $2. So, even a card, with no balance remaining, would save a person $2.
Moore Hebert hopes to keep the program going, even when donations from the Women's March and presidential swearing-in ceremony stop.
She wants Washington area hotels to ask hotel guests if they are willing to donate their fare cards.
But people can help even when the city they are visiting does not have a program to collect fare cards.
Some hotel guests give their fare cards to housekeepers or other hotel employees at the end of their stays.
In New York City, the gift of a $15 fare card could provide someone with five one-way trips on the subway.
People can also look up local groups that help poor people and ask if they could use fare cards.
I'm Caty Weaver.
1.look up 查询；看望
She looked up some friends of bygone years.
2.swearing-in ceremony 就职仪式
In keeping with tradition, President Bush will leave the Capitol immediately after the swearing-in ceremony.
3.keep going 继续；维持下去
Things were difficult, and we needed her wages to keep going.
4.put out 熄灭；公布
The government had put out a press release naming the men.
1.Some hotel guests give their fare cards to housekeepers or other hotel employees at the end of their stays.
at the end of 终点；在...尽头
He parted with us at the end of the trip.
This point is developed further at the end of this chapter.
2.It was directed to the hundreds of thousands of people who attended the Women's March and the hundreds of thousands at the swearing-in of President Donald Trump the day before.
hundreds of thousands of 成千上万的
Hundreds of thousands of people packed into the mosque
Office material worth hundreds of thousands of pounds was smashed up.
希拉里·摩尔·赫伯特（Hilary Moore Hebert）突发奇想 。
赫伯特为路易斯安那州新奥尔良的一个组织购买了56张交通卡 。该组织成员要去华盛顿参加女性游行 。游行活动在1月21日举行 。
她要求成员们事后返还交通卡 。她愿意把交通卡捐献给一个慈善机构 。
她在脸书等其他社交媒体上发起请求 。而这次的目标是成千上万名参加女性游行以及头一天观看唐纳德特朗普（Donald Trump）就职典礼的民众 。他们会把用过的交通卡捐给需要的群体吗？
皇天不负有心人 。短短三周时间就收到了1万多张交通卡 。越来越多的公交卡被邮递过来，最远的是从夏威夷邮寄过来的 。
目前，有三家慈善机构在接收这些交通卡 。分别是华盛顿的Martha’s Table，Miriam’s Kitchen以及弗吉尼亚州的Doorways for Women and Families of Virginia 。他们在网络上公布了捐赠的具体报告 。
该卡片类似于信用卡，卡内嵌有电脑芯片，可随时记录卡内余额情况 。若持有一张10美元的卡，乘坐公交花费2美元，卡内还会剩下8美元的余额 。
赫伯特接受VOA采访时表示：“看到大家捐献出这么多交通卡，我很惊讶也很欣慰 。”她居住在马里兰日耳曼敦的一个农场里 。
乘坐地铁的花销很大 。根据路程长短与时间计算，华盛顿地铁和公交的单程费用在1.75到5美元左右 。
即使智能行卡内没有余额也无妨 。因为首次乘坐交通工具都必须购买智能行卡 。每张卡售价2美元 。因此就算卡内没有余额也能为他人省下2美元 。