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Links and Tidbits – June 4, 2015

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.


SkyTrain shark

»   Check out the Xoupier! (Pronounced Soup-ee-er, apparently) A space-aged idea for some TTC buses in Toronto. What do you think?

»   A company in NYC is helping you navigate the bus system by having your iphone literally point you to a bus stop!

»   Some art students right here at home turn a bus shelter into a SkyTrain.

»   “Ladies and gentlemen: We are being held momentarily by the train’s dispatcher. The train’s dispatcher is a wicked man who gets a sick thrill from toying with your lives like a god. Please be patient.” Finally, some honesty!

»   I can haz fancee buz, too? Wait, six bucks? Hmmm, maybe not.

»   Angeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelllll. Angel of Harrrrrrrrrrrrrleeeeeeeeeeeeemmmm. U2 is the best!

»   Edmonton taking a page out of Denmark’s book, making transit cool again. Personally, I always thought it was cool!

»   Let’s all take a video tour inside the tunnels of the Spadina Subway extension in Toronto.

»   What happens on the night bus, stays on the night bus in this new London documentary series.

»   Chachachacha changes for iconic NYC subway lettering.

»   My fave! Seinfeld always kept it real(ish) with their subway scenes!

A beautiful image created by Arthur Simpkins

A beautiful image created by Arthur Simpkins

»   Allllllll aboard the second avenue subway! Well, virtually at least with a new, interactive video game.

»  First people arrested for “man spreading” on NYC subway. This is a thing now.

»   Curious about where a train is in Israel? How about a bus in Western Australia? Wonder no more with this world transit real time map.

»   That familiar delivery company with the brown, smiley box may be sitting next to you for your commute in NYC.

»   There’s a fabulous artist take-over happening at a newsstand in Chester station in Toronto!

»   8-bit lovers unite! And then check out this great video showing what happens when a train is delayed.

»   This is not the bus you are looking for! (Star Wars anyone?)

»   All in the family breakdancing on Philly’s subway system!

»   Some more subway dancers captured in some mid-move photos.

»   Now this is great for the environment AND your wallet!

»   I wouldn’t have believed it without the video. The “poo bus” in the UK has broken a land speed record for buses!

»   NYC’s street beautification project extends underground, too.

»   I am living for these living bus shelter roofs in Boston!

»   Kudos to this bus operator out of London, Ontario. 45 years of safe driving = provincial record!

»   Vincent, is that you? Your ear seems to have magically grown back!

»   We wish you love, peace and soul (and quiet?) during this silent soul train dance party in Miami!

»   Hey, all you hep cats! Tune in to this slick daddy-o with and his beatnik talk show on a bus!

»   Questions about the L train in NYC top Google searches for the past six months. WOWZA!

»   Public art really makes a difference on and around transit and across cities!

»   The future is NOW! A robot is being developed to help visually impaired riders navigate transit systems.

@evolve_photo aka Scott Brown shared this with us on Twitter. Many a year of U-passes!

@evolve_photo aka Scott Brown shared this with us on Twitter. Many-a-year of U-Passes!

Author: Adrienne Coling


  • By Kyle Z., June 5, 2015 @ 11:12 am

    Seriously, the culture at the Buzzer Blog is a bit lacking these days, unlike when Jhen was here. We need to re-create a community and the vibrant culture that used to be here. Perhaps there can be more of these posts (that are shorter), and some stimulating discussion.
    We could have events, meetups, and celebrations. I Love Transit day was around this time. Many of us are transit nerds, or transit enthusiasts, and we enjoy posts about the inner workings of translink, not just “Transit 101”. Post something new and interesting, instead of just updates and alerts. Most importantly, rid the attitude of “us” vs “them”, “translink” vs “clients”, people who run the system vs people who use the system. Instead, add some emotion, excitement and buzz to the buzzer.

  • By Adrienne Coling, June 5, 2015 @ 12:30 pm

    Hi Kyle,
    I’m sorry you feel that way. We work really hard to bring lots of different vibes to this blog for all readers. We really do write from the heart and bring lots of different pieces to this space.

    We want to include people who are interested in the inner workings as well as the overall state of the system. This is the corporate blog for TransLink so updates and such are necessary and a part of our company. Particularly with the plebiscite, Compass going forward, major policy changes, etc. These are important things for our riders to know.

    Our team has expanded beyond just the blog, as that was the main priority before. We have several channels and projects on the go.
    That being said, I Love Transit will be at the end of the summer and we’re coming up on our 125 years of transit in Vancouver so that will bring lots of fun stuff!

    I certainly don’t think of it an us and them situation. Most of the people who run the system USE the system too!

  • By Adrienne Coling, June 5, 2015 @ 12:40 pm

    PS. I do really appreciate your suggestions!! :)

  • By Reva, June 9, 2015 @ 11:47 am

    I hate to say it but I concur with Kyle. Thanks for your answers, Adrienne, it’s nice to know someone’s listening. Perhaps you could put up a poll or a suggestion thread asking readers what they’d like to see more of on the blog? I think a lot of people would really like that. :)

  • By Adrienne Coling, June 9, 2015 @ 11:54 am

    Hi Reva, that’s so funny because I’ve been working on one as we speak (or type!) haha It’s kismet!
    Thanks so much for your suggestions, everyone :)

  • By mark, June 10, 2015 @ 12:49 pm

    When is Scott Brown going to graduate. Looks like taxpayers have been paying for his transit now for 8 years? **Rolls eyes**

  • By Kyle Z., June 17, 2015 @ 12:13 pm

    Adrienne, thanks for the response, because I don’t think that translink is a big bad corporation, it’s definitely becoming one, especially the with attitude that is coming out of PR.
    I wrote an article about this us-them attitude I’ve been talking about. I think it’s good for everyone who works for translink to see how their “customers” are perceiving them these days.

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