It’s that time for another Links and Tidbits! Here’s a fun video about the 100-year-old Grand Central Terminal (see below) via YouTube.
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!
- TriMet of Portland, Oregon has a pretty cool new Trip Planner. It reminds me a bit of Google Maps. What’s also cool is that TriMet will soon roll out the ability to use your smart phone to buy and use fares!
- A crowd-sourcing transit app with the tag, “Want to choose the fastest, least crowded route every time? moovit – social GPS for public transport”. Will it take off? Well, not in Canada unless they add it to the countries they cover. Here’s more on it.
- Gordon Price writes about China giving up on motordom. There’s a lot of investment going into using more buses in the Chinese urban environment, but will it cure the purchase of automobiles?
- In case you missed it earlier this month, the London Underground turned 150 (loads of neat stuff if you click on the link)! It incorporates the oldest section of underground railway in the world, which opened in 1863. Google even made it their doodle of the day. The BBC also has some great underground pictures and Transport London has some greats links as well!
- Another historical note is the 100th birthday of Grand Central Terminal in New York City. The New York Times wrote a nice piece on the beautiful and historic building (as well as the video above).
- Who says trolly bus wires are an eye sore? This photo of trolley wires and blue sky by Roland Tanglao shows them as a thing of beauty.
- For fans who like to sit at the front of the SkyTrain and watch the world go by, here’s a collection of SkyTrain videos that capture that very experience!
- We always love a good photo of our vehicles, but it’s important to stay safe while you take that perfect photo or video. Let these videos be cautionary notes to those who want to get as close as possible to their favourite train or bus.