You know the drill: here’s tidbits and links on transportation that I’ve collected over the last week or so!
- We’ve finally put together our final numbers showing how many people we carried during the Olympic period. Total ridership on all modes during the Games was 31 per cent higher than normal, averaging 1.58 million boardings per weekday: that’s 26 million people carried during the 17 days of the Olympics! Have a look at the press release here.
- The Big Picture photoblog has some great photos from the Paralympics.
- Apparently the Chinese government wants to build a high speed rail link  from Beijing to London. (Wow, if this is true!)
- Psystenance, a transport blog, has a thought-provoking post on the fundamental attribution error in transportation choice . Human Transit discusses this post as well over here.
- Remember how we sent our old trolley fleet to Mendoza, Argentina?
It appears that they’re retiring their older German trolleys , now that they have our fleet to keep the system going.
- The Transport Politic has an article wondering if high speed rail causes sprawl. (From the examples, it doesn’t sound like this has generally happened.)
- The V3H.com, a great blog about the Tri-Cities area, has a nice summary of recent discussion about the Evergreen Line.
- Beyond Robson asks if we have to say goodbye to the Olympic lanes .
- Janette Sadik-Khan, the commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (she came to visit us last year !), gave a talk in L.A. — Streetsblog has more on what she said.
- Streetsblog also points to a lovely post from Seattle’s Bus Chick, where she reminisces about her memories on transit.
- Remember from way back when, the what people pay attention to during that video .
- Frances Bula has a Globe & Mail article talking about the discussion between our mayors’ council and the province over transit development. You can also check out her blog for more discussion on her article.
- Edit: Just one more — Stephen Rees has pointed out that the second daily Amtrak trip to Seattle, which started last August, will be kept in place!