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Links and Tidbits – June 20, 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 [1].

» HUM Canada recently orchestrated a music flash mob singing songs such as Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are” to spread joy and happiness on the Canada Line.

» Anat found this pin in a consignment shop in Vancouver and tweeted it to @TransLink [2]. Fred Cummings, President and General Manager, British Columbia Rapid Transit Company says the pin was made in the early 1990s [3], but was not made for a specific event. It was a standard lapel pin for visitors.

» @WeAreHub [7] noticed there are 86 spots in the brand-new Secure Bike Parking [8] facility at Main Street-Science World Station. The facility is of course located close by to the Expo 86 grounds. Coincidence?!?

» Nethangi lost her Samsung Galaxy S3 on the bus so she contacted our folks at the Lost Property Office. There she was reunited with her phone [9]! Her friend, Nadheera, snapped the photograph.

» Speaking of the Lost Property Office… Oh, look, an old farebox!

» Our West Coast Express signage at Waterfront Station caught the eye [10] of George Takei, better known as Hikaru Sulu of the USS Enterprise!

» Here’s an early picture [11] of the Knight Street Bridge from the City of Richmond Archives. #WhatsTheLink [12]

» Krumbach, a small town in Austria, has some of the coolest bus shelters you’ll ever see [13]! In total, there are seven of them and each was designed by an international architect. (Thanks to @heyrickie [14]!)

» In Sweden, researchers are proposing water buses [15] as a way to ease congestion in Stockholm and other waterfront cities.

» China is contemplating building a high-speed railway [16] that will connect China to North America. The line would would start in northeastern China, travel over Sibera towards the Bering Strait, travel underneath the Pacific Ocean through a tunnel to Alaska, to Canada and then continental United States.

» Everybody knows the rules on transit — you don’t talk or make eye contact with strangers. Two behavioural scientists in Chicago did an experiment and asked a few commuters to break these rules in exchange for a $5 Starbucks gift card [17]. The results? Those who talked to a stranger had a more positive experience.

» In King County, there’s a book club for transit riders! A new book is chosen by Books on the Bus [18] each quarter for members to read during their commute. (Thanks @mdiane_rogers [19]!)

» A heart-warming moment as a bus driver in Sweden stopped his bus to comfort a crying girl [20].

» Bus drivers in Vancouver, Washington competed in the 2014 [21]Roadeo [21] — a test of bus driving skills!

» Google has unveiled its latest driverless car prototype, but will it solve our congestion problems? Gizmodo [22] doesn’t think so and BuzzFeed [23] wonders too.

» This is what happens [24] when Árstíðir, an Icelandic band, sings an 800-year-old hymn in a train station. (Thanks Jennifer S.!)

» Somebody made these hilarious fake signs for the London Underground [25]. (Thanks to Jennifer again!)

» Miss 604 [26] shared this video, “Commuting Over the Years: A Brief Introduction to Surrey’s Transportation History,” from the Surrey Archives:

Author: Allen Tung