As usual: tidbits and links about transportation from the last few weeks or so!
- Coast Mountain Bus Company is going to test partial shields for drivers to prevent assaults. Here’s an article from News 1130 and one from the Globe and Mail.
- The Tyee has an article about the 15th anniversary of Poetry in Transit.
- Here’s the Seattle Times on the Olympic legacy for Vancouver transportation (and more).
- The Maple Ridge Times has a story on the Golden Ears Bridge tolls not meeting targets. And the Maple Ridge News had an article about how few people are evading the tolls. Then there’s this article from the Province about a UBC academic who says there should be tolls on all the bridges in the region!
- And here’s a short Vancouver Sun note about the cost of running a Vancouver bus. (About $118 per hour on an average city route!) Also, there’s another article about TransLink’s long term debt.
- Children’s singer Maffew Boyd sent in the SeaBus song, set to the tune of the Wheels on the Bus!
- The Transit Museum Society acquired an Edmonton trolley bus when Edmonton discontinued its trolley service last year. Here’s a video of the Edmonton bus’s first test ride in Vancouver.
- Ben Ingram has a blog post on TransLink’s sustainability report.
- UBC is currently holding a referendum to renew its U-Pass.
- Stephen Rees had a blog post on a new transport simulator that lets you play transport planner on your computer.
- Here’s a lovely SeaBus story caught by Lima Al-Azzeh, over at I, Vancouverite!
- The Mississippi River pictured as a subway map. (via kottke)
- Funny: cycle ball!
- Jason Vanderhill spotted this railroad folk art outside the Vancouver Art Gallery.
- This news story says the Hornby bike lane has had little impact on traffic.
- A few Surrey homeowners are fuming at smokers at a nearby bus stop. (Btw: bans on smoking at bus stops are the domain of a municipality, not TransLink!)
- Erik Griswold sent along this note after seeing one of our trolley buses in Seattle: “Were you aware that it was a Seattle Trolleybus that visited Vancouver in December 1945 as a demonstration of what could be done with the Vancouver streetcar network at the time? (i.e. The rail-trolley system was soon after converted to trolleybus)” I was not—thanks Erik!
- And last but not least: this is a pretty useful website :)
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