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.
- If you took a SkyTrain ride on April 12, you might have caught these brave souls singing Bohemian Rhapsody onboard:
- Transit rider Norma Ibarra uploaded this video of a community shuttle operator encouraging people to feel better about themselves!
- io9.com shared a list of “8 Awe-Inspiring Mass Transit Systems that Changed Their Cities” and our SkyTrain system made the cut.
- u/pbro2 shares the Transit Visualization Client (TRAVIC) on r/transit visualizing 70 different GTFS feeds from around the world.
- Also from r/transit, the New York Times reports Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is looking to build a rail connecting to the county’s Metro Rail system.
- A transit booze map? Yes! Thrillist has created this map that will take you to drinks along MARTA Rapid Rail.
- Brent Toderian writes this opinion piece on Planetizen and he argues the biggest challenge cities are facing is not “what comes out of the tailpipe of your car,” but rather the amount of space a car takes up.
- A survey finds Millennials (those born between the early 1980s and early 2000s) prefer cities with good public transit.
- Electric transit is back on the roads of Winnipeg after a 49-year absence. The last electric trolley bus stopped operating in 1965, but Winnipeg Transit is now testing a prototype battery-powered electric bus.
- Nashville MTA is released a simulation of their proposed bus rapid transit, The Amp. Pretty neat!
- Do you use the Transit App? They just released an update for Android phones.
- An old Metro Transit bus is being converted into a mobile grocery store! The Wilder Foundation says their bus will bring “affordable, healthy food directly into under-resourced neighborhoods.”
- PRT?!? In the 1970s, it was envisioned that personal rapid transit (PRT) would be the next big thing in transportation — combining the independence of the car with the ideals of mass transportation.
- Check this out! This transit enthusiast created a moving Lego model of the Canada Line. (Thanks Eric!)
Author: Allen Tung