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Links and Tidbits – August 26, 2016

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].

Interior view of a panda-themed subway train of subway Line 3 in Chengdu city, southwest China's Sichuan province, 31 July 2016. A train full of Panda elements ran from Taipingyuan stop at 8:30 am on Sunday (31 July 2016), marking the official opening of the first phase of subway line 3 in Chengdu city, Southwest China's Sichuan province. During the initial operation of subway line 3, the trains operated from 6:30 am to 10:50 pm by charging passengers in accordance with their travel distances. With 2 yuan ($0.3) as the base rate, the line's total 17 stops, covering 20.3 km, cost only 4 yuan. The operation hours will be adjusted in accordance with the passenger flows. "Subway line 3, running through the urban center, will shorten the commuters' one-way travel time to 34 minutes. However, this also means an upcoming traffic burden for the line, which is expected to witness a daily passenger flow of 400,000," said an insider from Chengdu Subway. [2]

»   This ^^ new subway and station in China is sheer panda-monium [3]!

»   What’s on trend for Russian subway commuters? CRAZY! Check out these St. Petersburg residents [4] trying to one-up each other with their commuting attire.

»   ” I couldn’t help it. It just popped in there… It’s the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.” (In Waterloo Station! [5])

»   This London, Ontario police office is using public transit for his job in a new way [6]. Not a bad idea!

»   I know of a few local SkyTrain and bus fans who could relate to this awesome effort [7]!

»   JUST TAKE MY MONEY! You can buy vintage pieces of MTA assets [8] online!

»   Transit haute couture. Would you wear this [9]?

»   Talk about some crabby commuters [10].

»   Ew. Boston subway is surely not the exclusive transit home to these microbes [11] but I just don’t want to think about it!

»   There’s been subway pizza rat. Now meet subway bagel and cream cheese rat [12]!

»   Worried you’re missing out on the latest social media fodder on your commute? You could always print it out like this woman [13]!

»   NO. Nononononono clipping nails [14] (toe or otherwise) on transit!

»   From NYC underground subway to a NYC underground park, Mr. Subway Symphony [15] finds a home for his melodic tones.

»   From subway rapper to Netflix star [16] just like that!

»   The Philadelphia subway vent guy saga [17] continues!

»   LA Metro is serious about riders safety! Their new PSAs [18] may showcase stick people, but the effect is real. What do you think? W

»   NYC always gets the cool tech! This StreetEasy map [19] shows the best subway stops for singles.

»   This is real life. Be careful on transit and don’t make decisions like this [20] – for Pokemon or any other reason!

»   Transit riders took a survey about what they want. What they really, really want [21].

»   Mercedes unveils their self-driving bus [22]. It certainly looks slick! Thoughts?

»   You think your backpack (or others’ bags) are a nuisance on transit? What if you had to carry a 3D printer [23] on your commute?

»   Edmonton bus shelters are going green [24] by installing solar panels!

»   Retired subway trains make for great graffiti art spaces [25] for this interesting festival.

»   MTA is looking to the future [26]. What do you think of the proposed changes?

»   I would LOVE this! Although with this new subway strap design [27], there may be less ‘meetcutes’ on transit!

»   Transit heroes to the rescue again [28]!

»   That must have been one holy ride [29].

»   Think you know better than MTA planners? Here’s your chance to prove it! Design your own NYC subway system [30].

»   A personalized portrait of your commute [31] for your very own. What a fun and artistic endeavour!

»   Here’s a list of people who apparently should be BANNED FOREVER from transit [32]. What’s your take? Anyone to add or save?

»   An awesome still-standing and soon to be restored 1916 Rochester subway train [33] is the very last one!

Author: Adrienne Coling