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Links and tidbits – January 3, 2013

Links and tidbits – January 3, 2013

Here’s a funky tune to groove to this fine and lovely day.

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!


  • We can’t stop staring at this mesmerizing site. Programmer Andrew Walker has put together incredible videos showing people moving on transit throughout the day in various cities, including New York.


  • Celebrities take transit, too–including Jay-Z who recently had a priceless conversation with a senior on the Subway. (Thanks Tyler H. for sending us the link.)


  • Jason Vanderhill sent us a great shot of a night–er, early evening–bus. Thanks, Jason!


  • For all our fellow map lovers, The Atlantic Cities has posted six great transit maps that don’t map transit routes at all.


Our own Bob Paddon is part of this video from CUTA that talks about the economic benefits of transit in cities.

  • Christmas is over, but a new Kickstarter project hopes to make 100 ELFs soon. The ELF combines solar panels and bike pedals to create the ultimate efficient vehicle that keeps you dry and comfortable.  (Thanks Sheba!)


  • Suffering from SAD? Our own Tina Robinson discovered this article about light therapy bus shelters in Sweden. Personally, just looking at it makes me smile.


  • Also from Sheba: What really happens when transit is free? A French town did just that and the findings are fascinating (although experts caution different cities would have different results).


  • Thanks to @vancouvermetro for this tweet: ” Pranksters spruce up Saskatoon bus stop with a door, picket fence, bed, advertise it as a rental:


  • John Carmichael sent us a link to this article out of Calgary. The city has opened the first new LRT line built there in 25 years. It’s also Calgary’s biggest infrastructure project in its history. What’s next? It’s laid out in the Calgary Transit’s new 30-year plan.




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