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Links & Tidbits – January 10, 2014

Links and tidbits is our semi-regular roundup of interesting fodder about transportation from the last few weeks or so. If you have links to contribute, put them in the comments, or email us.

transparent LCD Bus

Are transparent LCD buses hokey or the future?


  • Our friends at Translinked posted this video of an Italian subway stop disguised as a typical Japanese station.
  • One of our @TransLink followers tweeted this interesting post from Transport for London. It’s part of a campaign called Travel Better London – “Transport for London has teamed up with London poets to help make travelling around the capital better for everyone.”
  • Check out the finalists for the Audi Urban Future Award 2014 – the winner was announced on January 6, 2014!
  • Passengers stop a gun robbery on a Seattle bus.
  • Jakarta Globe reports that municipal officals in the city must use public transit on Fridays.
  • What a concept, a train that never stops! See the video from China.
  • A seasonally appropriate project in Chicago to illustrate application of newly-adopted, complete-streets, design guidelines using… gingerbread.
  • Love those papier-mache heads! – from a colleague at SkyTrain.
  • See images of before and after transit innovations in Santiago! Low cost ways to decrease congestion in the subway stations.
  • Did you hear that in November Starbucks launched its first on board train store in Switerland. Is Canada next?
  • Here is a neat photo history of bus shelters in Vancouver.
  • Our Australian neighbours had a cool contest to find the ‘Voice of the Tram’ for the Gold Coast Light Rail System in 2014. Check out the winning voice!
  • Here is a video demonstrating an experimental crosswalk traffic signal in Germany – you can play a game of Ping-Pong while waiting at a crosswalk.
  • Could transparent LCD buses be the future of transit?
  • Would you pay your subway fare with recyclable materials? Beijing introduces recycling banks at subway stations.




  • By Sheba, January 10, 2014 @ 4:15 pm

    Why is it that transit is still pretty much all about getting into/out of Vancouver (esp downtown Van)?
    “Maps reveal Metro Vancouver’s commuting habits”

  • By Christopher M, January 12, 2014 @ 10:39 am

    Uh. Sheba, I don’t think it is.

    We have a high frequency grid system throughout the Burrard Peninsula that provides decent service in every direction. All the area transit plans we have currently seem to suggest that the idea is to build up high frequency grids in all the other cities as well, including Surrey. See here for why:

    The rapid transit lines currently all converge into Downtown because out of all the corridors that make up the grid, they still have the highest demand, but the evergreen line, the proposed Broadway line and the Surrey lines will be different.

  • By Sheba, January 15, 2014 @ 3:04 pm

    We’ll have to agree to disagree. Vancouver (and esp downtown) has a grid system that makes transit easy to use. But the rest of the lower mainland… not so much.

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