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Links and tidbits – July 12, 2013

It’s been a while since we posted a Links and Tidbits. Here’s a great video from a video produced by our friends with the Transit Museum Society. Here’s the direct YouTube link.

Links and tidbits is our semi-regular roundup of interesting tidbits and links about transportation from the last week or so. If you have links to contribute, put them in the comments, or email us!

 

  • One of our colleagues William recently took public transit to travel from Vancouver to Portland and Salem. This article in The Atlantic shows how you can travel across California on local transit. It make me wonder… could William go from Vancouver to Southern California by transit?

 

  • I’ve seen artists use subway stations as muse, but I’ve never seen the intersection as inspiration or even subject matter before. Some local designers did just that.

 

  • Here’s one for the transit maps nerds: a map of all the subways in North America.

 

  • What do you think of “subway libraries”? Do you think they would encourage more commuters to read on their transit trips?

 

  • The Expo Line is the oldest line of the SkyTrain rapid transit system in Metro Vancouver. From 1985, it has gone through upgrades and changes… take a look at this split-screen video Skyway, that takes you on a ride! Here’s the direct Youtube link.

 

  • Railway workers in London have uncovered what they believe was a burial ground for victims of the Black Death – a deadly disease that wiped out half of London’s population in the mid-14th century. Don’t worry, there’s no risk of a new outbreak – the bacillus is fragile and dies without a host!

 

  • Here’s a heartwarming story of a couple who found their son in a dark, damp subway station.

 

  • Check out this movie Trolleybus by the Trolley Project, promoting a new more positive image of trolleybuses in Europe.

 

  • There are always some very interesting characters on the transit system. In New York, there’s the “Lady in Lime Green”.

 

  • One of our friends of the Buzzer, Jason Vanderhill, shared this lovely video of a bus tour through Vancouver. Look at that beautiful blue sky!  Thanks for sharing, Jason.

 

 

  • This video was recently posted to our TransLink Facebook page… a humourous video involving a transit rider and a graphic designer. What if you saw this at your bus stop?

10 Comments

  • By Cliff, July 12, 2013 @ 4:40 pm

    “One of our colleagues William recently took public transit to travel from Vancouver to Portland and Salem. This article in The Atlantic shows how you can travel across California on local transit. It make me wonder… could William go from Vancouver to Southern California by transit?”

    The missing link is between southern Oregon and San Francisco. Get that far and California is densely populated enough that service probably exists all the way down the coast. I would love to make a trip like this one day.

  • By ;-), July 12, 2013 @ 5:16 pm

    Found this clip about a Microsoft Exec learning to dance and a finale in a San Fran station…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daC2EPUh22w&hd=1
    http://petapixel.com/2013/07/10/dance-lapse-girl-uses-her-camera-to-capture-a-year-of-learning-to-dance/

  • By Sheba, July 12, 2013 @ 8:57 pm

    Here’s another link: NYC launches bike share program http://travel.ca.msn.com/nyc-launches-bike-share-program-largest-in-nation-1

  • By Angela Chang, July 16, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

    Cliff: If you do, let us know! It’s really quite amazing as to all the places people could go by taking transit.

    To ;-) and Sheba: Thanks for sharing those links! We’ll include them in our next Links and Tidbits post.

  • By Sheba, July 17, 2013 @ 6:07 pm

    Another bike link – about on-demand lockers this time http://blog.cascade.org/2013/07/new-metro-bike-lockers/

  • By Eugene Wong, July 30, 2013 @ 4:39 pm

    @ All

    Just today, I phoned the customer service department, and the scheduling department, to voice my concerns about the bad transit connections at 22nd St Station for the #340, the #410, and the #100. The supervisor seemed very open minded about my suggestion to coordinate them.

    Now is the time to phone in! Strike while the iron is hot. Even if you don’t want changes, then let them know.

    I also suggested that they coordinate the schedule of the #340 with the #319 to give a more frequent service, without new bus hours.

    Now is the time to phone in! Strike while the iron is hot. Even if you don’t want changes, then let them know.

  • By Eugene Wong, August 14, 2013 @ 10:16 am

    @ Translink

    Shame on you. I read on the web that you plan on making cash fare customers pay extra to go on SkyTrain; effectively creating a 4th zone for them.

    You lie. You say that you want simplicity in the fare structure, so you get rid of the employer pass, and then force an extra payment on these poor unsuspecting souls??

  • By Eugene Wong, August 14, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    @ Translink

    Also, you show an unfortunate willingness to go ahead and revamp an entire system to fit the handicapped, despite the costs, yet you can’t make a fare system fit the riders.

    Your lack of compassion is tempered only by your double standards,

  • By Angela Chang, August 15, 2013 @ 9:06 am

    Hi Eugene – To clarify, if you have a Compass Card, you’ll be able to easily transfer from bus to rail, as well as take advantage of discounted rates compared to when you pay cash. The news today only applies to people who pay cash to buy a ticket on the bus and then want to transfer to rail. We will have a transition period with robust education and awareness programs to ensure a successful transition for our customers. In this way, we hope to encourage transit users to use the Compass Card.

  • By Eugene Wong, August 15, 2013 @ 5:28 pm

    @ Angela

    Yes, I know that the Compass card will work wonderfully, so there is no need to keep bringing it up. It’s the people who pay cash that I am concerned about.

    Since lots of people seem positive about it, I’ll bite my tongue.

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