Links and tidbits is our semi-regular roundup of interesting fodder about transportation from the last few weeks or so. If you have links to contribute, put them in the comments, or email us.
» Chris shared this photograph of his family riding SkyTrain on Twitter:
» Paging all armchair transit planners! Transitmix lets you draw your own bus route, pick the frequency, and the number of buses required and the cost per year to operate will be calculated for you. (Thanks Sean!)
» The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne have developed an electric bus that can charge in as little as 15 seconds at each bus stop.
» Six men from Great Britain recently broke the Guinness World Record for riding the entire New York City subway system in the shortest time. Their time? All 1,355 kilometres in 22 hours, 26 minutes, and 2 seconds.
» Langara College recently uploaded the 2014 iteration of their Merging Time Vancouver series of “creatively fused images of old and modern Vancouver.” I see streetcars on Granville Street!
» TriMet in Oregon has this clever poster warning on its buses warning commuters to stay alert for oncoming light-rail trains. Not to toot our own horn, but our West Coast Express signage is not too shabby either.
» SkyTrain map in Super Mario Brothers 3 style? You betcha!
» skyTran—not a typo! Dubbed as the “future of public transportation on private vehicles,” this proposed public transport system will see people travel in elevated pods.
» Austin, Texas is wants to build a light rail-streetcar hybrid system. What’s that? “Austin’s urban-rail cars will be designed to accommodate the tighter turning radii of a streetcar as well as the higher speeds of light rail.”
» In London, they built an entire bus stop using 100,000 Lego pieces!
» CFL players are like us too! Ride the SkyTrain and you might just catch them studying their playbooks.
» Have you ever seen two people beg in the same subway car at the same time? Check out “Panhandler Party” on the New York City subway! (Might not be suitable for all audiences!)
» This one’s for you, transit enthusiasts! Here’s a video of train and subway door closing, beeps and chimes from rapid transit systems around the world. SkyTrain is at 1:36 of the video:
Author: Allen Tung