Starting as "Trevor's Bus Page" in 1997, the site originally hosted bus pictures taken by just the webmaster. Inspired by a similar transit-oriented, the website was created to fill a void with the lack of bus photography within the New York City area. In 1998, Trevor's Bus Page became transiTALK, name spin on a message forum that was around at the time called Bus/SubTalk. In Mid to Late 2000, transiTALK began to merge with several other up & coming websites like itself: KayBee's Page, MCIMAN2000 Page, DHP Transit Digital, Meaney's Page, Ntwrkguy2000's Page & TrAnSiTiNfO.
Over the years, transiTALK has gone through a series of name changes:
- transiTALK: Aug '00-Feb '01 & Jun '02-Mar '04
- transiTALK America: Feb '01-Feb '02
- transiTALK International: Feb '02-Jun '02
In March of 2004, transiTALK officially became transiTALK Transportation Media Group or TTMG for short. Despite going through several name changes, the word transiTALK was always a permanent fixture of the site and is now the trademark of TTMG.
The site is currently 46GB in size and does a monthly average of 2-3 Million hits. Most people connect to the site via Direct Address or Bookmarks (75.3%), while 21% comes from searches on sites like Google or Yahoo and the other 3.5% from Links from an external page (other web sites except search engines). TTMG currently hosts over 20,000 pictures in its database from transit agencies all over the United States, Canada and most recently the United Kingdom (with a central base in the New York Metropolitan Area). Pictures are sorted by mode of transportation, operators and then manufacturers. All member photos are screened to ensure high quality prior to being accepted.
Aside from pictures, the website hosts an array of transit-related audio recordings and videos. The site gains its notoriety through its music videos, showcasing the photography and moving images of the staffers. For a few months in 2006, the site hosted a monthly zine called "FanFare" showcasing the transport industry news. Despite gaining popularity, the zine stopped when the site went through a system crash and was never restarted. TTMG currently retains a staff of 58 people, also referred to as Media Crew. TTMG Media Crew Members work on a volunteer basis and are chosen by their photography skills and willingness to learn. We also require that our younger, in-school volunteers maintain a certain grade average to be on the staff. If their grades fall, then they are removed from the staff until grades improve. We are serious about our hobby, but even more serious about education. In order to maintain a level of quality control, TTMG has set in place several strict policies. Despite having down periods in the operation of the site, the staff remains close-knit and dedicated to their work.
We hope that you enjoy the site and will come back frequently as we update regularly.
Regards, The TTMG Team