Links and tidbits is our semi-regular roundup of interesting stuff around transportation from the last week or so. If you have links to contribute, put them in the comments, or email us!
- Check out the video above: it traces one day of transit service in the Lower Mainland, using info from our public data feeds! I talked to the video’s creator, Andrew Walker, and here’s what he said:
My usual work involves software for satellite missions, including some visualisation software (www.stltracker.com) for orbiting satellites. There are some similarities between visualising the locations of buses and satellites, so I thought I’d investigate what approach transit companies took with their data.
After learning about the General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS), putting together videos from the data seemed like an interesting challenge, which led to the creation of the videos you saw on youtube.
I started with TransLink as I live in Vancouver, but once you’ve done one city the others are simply a case of plugging the data in to the program. I thought these might also help to promote transit in some small way.
- A colleague sent us this video describing the design of the bicycle network in Malmo, Sweden’s Cycling City of the Year!
- Eugene Wong sends along this link – a spreadsheet is blamed for a rail bidding fiasco in the UK. He also includes a link to a Slashdot discussion on the topic.
- Data from the TomTom GPS company rates Vancouver the second worst for traffic congestion, second only to Los Angeles. Thanks Sheba for sending this in!
- Slate has a great article on L.A.’s transit revolution, calling it America’s next great mass transit city
- Over in New York the MTA proposes four ways to increase fares next March, for its scheduled fare increase.
- From the National Post: “Talking about Toronto transit funding is a step forward, even if these ideas aren’t any good.” (Their words, not mine!)
- Here’s a discussion in the Ottawa media about just how expensive it is to run transit in Ontario (as it is everywhere!)
- From Taras Grescoe: “If elected next year, Montreal’s Richard Bergeron pledges to build 38-km tramway network, first trains rolling in 5 yrs.”