A roundup of interesting tidbits and links about transportation from the past few weeks or so!
- This came out a little while ago: it’s the 2010 TransLink Year in Review news release, detailing how our year summed up.
- Canada Line staff are working on their first collective agreement and are taking a strike vote this week—they emphasize that keeping service running is a priority though, and their main goal is to reach an agreement. Here’s articles from the Globe and Mail and Richmond Review.
- News from other TransLinks: Queensland, Australia is battling big flash floods, and the Australian TransLink is doing its best to keep service going where possible.
- The New York Times has a story about the Quiet Cars on New Jersey trains, which are causing some people to get into dustups to shush each other! The Globe and Mail picked up the issue and asked an open question to readers about talking on cell phones on transit. (The Buzzer asked the same question in Nov 2009: the answer is that people hate loud noise and disruptive talking in general on the bus, not just cell phone chatter.)
- An interesting one for the customer service side of transit: how Disneyland manages its lineups (with a command centre and lots of technology).
- The Transport Politic has collected a list of new transit projects starting up service or construction in 2011.
- New York City is trying out rapid buses with dedicated lanes in a bid to cut transit costs.
- A couple of “don’t try this at home” posts by urban explorers: a tour of the lost stations of the
Paris Metro, and a video of New York City train tunnels and more.
- Did you know there are informal rules for claiming parking spots in Boston after a snowfall?
- Hey: the SkyTrain made this list of eight unusual transit systems around the world!
- Envisioning the streets of New York without cars. (via kottke)
- Someone yarnbombed Vancouver transit!
- This list of Vancouver life hacks includes some good transit tips, among other useful advice.
- Janette Sadik-Khan interviewed by Grist Magazine.
- Mighty Wallets turns the New York subway map into a useful fashion accessory.
- Macleans writes about car sharing in Paris. (thanks ericwhlee!)
- And last but not least: here’s the Bermuda triangle of productivity!
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