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Links and Tidbits – July 20, 2018

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!

» Looks like we are not the only transit enthusiasts here! This global network of Millennials called The NumtotsNew Urbanist Memes for Transit-Oriented Teens wants to make cities better.

» A group of digital artists is using aerial images to trace paths of transit lines in their city using bright colors – so, you can get a bird’s eye view of the entire transportation network of that city. Read more »

Links and Tidbits – June 8, 2018

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!

»  The double-decker bus trial has come to an end, but this isn’t the first time we’ve brought in a double-decker bus for trials! Turns out we did it way back in 1936.

»  TTC Riders, a grassroots advocacy group, launchedovercrowding relief kits” to raise awareness about crowding on the Yonge subway line.

»  It appears part of the reason that subway line is crowded could be because it’s also the transportation choice for live crabs. ?

»  Transport for London (TfL) launched the blue “Please offer me a seat” badge for people who find it difficult to stand. In fact, our Access Transit team is discussing this very matter and looking at how other transit agencies are tackling this important issue.

»  Also in London, the TfL recently added a new safety announcement to warn passengers when the vehicle is about to move, but commuters haven’t responded well to the announcements. They’ll be fixing the glitch.

»  In Berlin, 500 limited release Adidas sneakers that doubles up as a transit pass!

»  Tomorrow’s transit today! A South Korean company’s 45-seat self-driving bus is experiencing test-drives on public roads in Seoul.

»  San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit recently launched a new transit etiquette campaign with local college students. Check it out!

»   Beginning last year, the City of Toronto began a pilot on King Street to give priority to streetcars. The numbers are in! Spending is reportedly up in the corridor.

»   OC Transpo’s 40 new LRT cars are all getting names, which were submitted by children under 16 as part of a contest. Among the names: Majestic Moose, Rocket Richard,  Nanuq-Polar Bear and Gord Downie.

»   Seen the Black Panther movie yet? There is a dash of reality in the movie’s transportation utopia, writes The Verge.

»   Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes! Spotify and the Brooklyn Museum have collaborated to create and bring this homage to David Bowie to the Broadway–Lafayette Street/Bleecker Street station in New York City!

»   Say “hello” ??? to the Hello Kitty bullet train in Japan!

»   Congratulations to the Washington Capitals on winning the Stanley Cup! A SmarTrip card in honour of T.J. Oshie appears to be in the works. Oshie has been riding the Metro to-and-from his games.

Links and Tidbits – January 5, 2018

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!

»  An oldie but a goodie! Daily Hive recently shared the Going to Town documentary (embed above) from 1985 about SkyTrain—or the Vancouver Regional Rapid Transit Project as it was referred to at the time.

»  But wait, there’s more! BC Transit also produced On Track, an early SkyTrain project film from 1983.

»  For more historical fodder, you’ll want to check out our Transit History category.

»  We’ve taken you behind the scenes to our Lost Property Office in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Let’s take a look inside Transport for London’s Lost Property Office!

»  In December, our counterparts at the Toronto Transit Commission opened the 8.6-kilometre extension of Line 1 from Downsview Park Station in Toronto to the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre in York Region.

»  Over in New York, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has cut “ladies and gentlemen” announcements in favour of more gender-neutral words such as “passengers,” “riders,” and “everyone.”

»  Where do New York City subway maintenance personnel go when a train comes? Here’s your answer.

»  Also in New York, they are testing 10 different prototypes of open gangway trains by the 2020s.

»  This isn’t an April Fool’s joke! Waste coffee grounds will help power some Transport for London buses.

»  Australia has unveiled plans to build a supersonic hyperloop. Trains will travel at speeds of more than 1,000km/h! ?

»  QR code payment is coming to the Shanghai Metro. The pilot began on Oct. 30, 2017 and the plan is to expand it to all 17 lines in the city by early 2018. Closer to home, Metrolink in California is also getting QR code payment.

»  Baggage fees are common among airlines, but not on public transit. The Namma Metro in India is charging passengers 30 rupees for each piece of baggage they carry—and customers are furious.

»  What has been dubbed  the “millennial railcard” has launched in the United Kingdom, offering passengers between 26 and 30 years old a third off train travel.

»  Arlington used to be the largest city without any buses, now they are the first system to run solely on microtransit.

Author: Allen Tung

Links and Tidbits – November 3, 2017

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!

»  Metro in Los Angeles has rolled out a new transit etiquette campaign called, “Metro Manners” featuring YouTube star Anna Akana as Super Kind taking on Rude Dude on transit.

»  Volkswagen’s iconic 1960s Microbus is making a return! The car company will relaunch a modern electric version based on the I.D. Buzz concept in 2022.

»  Here’s London’s experience running the Night Tube.

»  Quick-thinking passengers and tram operators on the BART system in San Francisco helped save the life of a person in crisis who went onto the trackway.

»  The public announcements onboard Sound Transit trains are now public record.

»  An exciting development in the battery-electric bus industry! A bus has set world record by driving over 1,000 miles on one charge!

»  How much do you need to earn to live by a TTC station? Here’s the answer.

»  The UK is rolling out smart card payment its commuter rains, bringing an end to paper tickets by the end of 2018.

»  Can wind power the world’s mass transit?  All of the Netherlands’ electric trains are running on pure, renewable wind energy.

»  Your face could be your ticket in the London Underground of the future.

»  Could the guideway near Stadium–Chinatown Station be finding its way onto a silver screen near you?!

»  MTA is planning to ban alcohol advertisements onboard buses and subways in New York.

»  Speaking of New York, they’re going to be rolling out contactless payment on their system and “clever” pricing could be coming as part of it.

»  India’s taking the lead in the transportation sector. Here’s five reasons why according to this author.

»  And finally over in Pittsburgh, they’re testing out red bus lanes in their downtown.

Links and Tidbits – August 18, 2017

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!

»  What’s behind the resurgence of streetcars in the US? This is the reason why.

»  Walk on Metro Vancouver! Check out this Vancouverites tips on creating a walkability challenge!

»  Manspreading goes global, but is this transit etiquette faux paux just for men?

»  In June, TransLink and the Mayors’ Council launched the Mobility Pricing Independent Commission. It looks like New York City is looking into trying congestion pricing.

»  For some musicians, riding in a tour bus means they’ve made it. But what’s the cost of a tour bus rental?

»  A 15-year-old boy took over the Twitter account for Southern Rail in the UK: “It was total chaos, and people loved it.

»  That talk about building a bullet train between Vancouver and Seattle seems to be gaining traction as a feasibility study is underway.

»  Check it out! China just built the world’s longest elevated cycle path.

»  Using volunteers, Germany is testing out new facial recognition technology at its main railway station in Berlin to increase safety.

»  See this: a treasure trove of great transit branding! Someone drew out the public transportation fleets in different cities.

»  These “x-ray” maps show you what the subway stations in New York actually look like!

»  Graphic designer Petr Novak shrunk and simplified 220 metro and light rail systems (including Vancouver!) into mini maps.

»  Check out this newsletter article from the Renfrew–Collingwood Community News on how the Evergreen Extension connects history from Renfrew–Collingwood to Port Moody.

»  Gondolas are gaining popularity in the United States as alternative transportation. There’s at least three gondola proposals in New York.

»  According to CBC’s Don Pittis, urban parking is dying a slow death in Canadian cities.

»  These pillars for an abandoned monorail project in South Jakarta, Indonesia are coming down.

Author: Allen Tung

Links and Tidbits – April 28, 2017

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.

»   A peek into the past as Rome’s latest subway dig unearths ancient artifacts.

»   Check out some of these rents near busy NYC subway hubs. Can anyone say STICKER SHOCK?!

»   Public transit = the great equalizer, connecting people from all walks of life!

»  Major #TBT for the TTC when the Yonge Line opened in 1954!

»   Meet the innovative musician who makes every second count on NYC’s subway.

»   Toronto gets comic-fied with a special nod to the TTC!

»  Good samaritans to the rescue on transit.

»  Being nosy on the subway was no problem for James “Smelly” Kelly.

»   Need some tips to make your commute more enjoable? Here are 11 ways to boost your transit ride.

»   Naomi Watts just cruising around on New York’s transit system. Snapping pics people snapping pics of her!

»   A first (to my knowledge!) as Berlin declares subway stations as historic monuments!

»   The Weeknd is paying homage to his hometown of Toronto in a new video with his co-star, the TTC subway!

»  Suprise – Subway rave! Would this ^^ delight or deter you?

»  What does it mean to rely on public transit? Read these people’s stories.

»  Who owns transit data? Most transit agencies have open source data but Germany chooses not to do this. Where do you stand?

»  10-year-old goes from selling napkins in Cairo subway to launchin his own art exhibition.

Subway1-778x1024»  Subway seat urinal or urinal subway seat? Art. It’s subjective!

»  What beautiful Moscow subway car art. These are reproductions of 78 notable Russian artists’ works showcased on their public transit.

»  Finally, please enjoy these awesome “slow-tv” GIFS of NYC subway from 1905-1980s.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Links and Tidbits – March 10, 2017

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.

»   I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. PERSONAL GROOMING ON TRANSIT IS A NO GO!

»   Single and looking? Get on the subway! Maybe your soulmate is at the next stop.

»   Then perhaps celebrate Valentines Day on transit, too!

»   More love on transit for V-Day!

»   ^^Set your phasers on transit!

»   The world’s Purple Prince lives on at Union Station in NYC.

»   How much would you pay for an original Times Square subway sign? $100? $1000? How about 150K?!? (At time of publishing this blog, the sticker price had risen to $207,957.85)

»   Ever feel cramped on transit? This artist captures all-too-familiar faces of the rush hour commuter.

»   What if bike maps looked like subway maps??

»   Feeling historic? Watch this documentary on the first subway.

»   The wheels on the bus just got cool…well, cool-ER.

»   Zebra train runs through Boston to bring awareness to rare diseases.

»   ^^ Experience the NYC subway in 1949!

Dubai wants to make 25% of car trips driverless by 2030, and it’s starting with Tesla taxis

»   Stockholm, Sweden remains one of the coolest cities for subway art design!

»   Check out this awesome one-stop transit shop curated by one of our very own Buzzer blog readers!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Links and Tidbits – January 20, 2017

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.

»   Have you heard? TransLink has kicked off a bevy of transit improvements with the 10-Year Vision!

»   Rotterdam transit in the Netherlands is going cashless!

»   If you need some help with your transit etiquette, take a look at this handy list of “how not to be a jerk on transit.”

»   Transit makes beautiful music in this new subway inspired musical.

»   Vancouver wasn’t the only city to drop trou’ for a transit ride this winter. Check out our T. dot counterparts!

»   Trump’s face seems to be everywhere lately… including transit maps? Once seen, cannot unsee!

»   Why is everyone trying to tell us all the germs and bacteria that live on transit?? *shudder*

»   NYC’s got a brand new subway line – one that was planned nearly a century ago and it’s got some amazing art pieces.

New York City plans to save the post-election “Subway Therapy” sticky notes forever

»   More books on transit – this time in New Zealand. I full support this awesome movement

»   ^^ This 11-year-old is channeling some Lucy from Peanuts by offering advice for a small fee in the subway.

»   Like transit swag? Check out these mini metro maps turned into pins, wall hangings and even mugs!

»   14 NYC subway facts that will cause you anxiety.

»   Now, 14 unappreciated subway moments that make your day.

»   Trolley bus fans unite! Looks like the tech some of our fleet uses is pretty popular.

»   This new gear for cleaning subway track sucks. No, really!

Model on anti-smoking bus shelter ad coughs when smokers walk by

»   Dogs needs bus tours too!

»   The next time you need to hold on while riding the SkyTrain, why don’t you check out this transit hack!?

»   The London Underground is attempting a new way to help those with hidden disabilities on transit. What’s your take?

»   So, you think you can plan a rapid transit system? Have at it with yet another “build your own subway” game!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Links and Tidbits December 9, 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.

IMG_1243»   A journey from dropping out of college to taking on Detroit’s transit problems.

»   Public displays of affection on transit. What’s your take? Some transit agencies actually ban kissing!

»   As if there weren’t enough reasons to love Hermione already…

Emma Watson Has Taken to Hiding Free Books on Public Transit

»   Take a look at the history (and when it was abandoned) of electric rail transit in Hamilton, Ontario.

GoOpti, a ride-sharing platform for European shuttle bus services, raises €4.4M funding

»   In Bristol, UK, there are apparently 9 most annoying bus passengers. Do you fit the bill for any of these transit courtesy offenders?

»   Buses. Great for transporting people AND stuffing full of food for the Calgary food bank!

»   Do not, I repeat, DO NOT try this! *shakes head*

»   Pittsburgh reporter pens a love letter to public transit.

»   Are these driverless pods the future of mass transit?? What’s your take?

»   Some consider graffiti as art, others see it as vandalism. Whatever your take, the graffiti that has adorned subways over the years have made a statement.

»   Say hello to the 12 most beautiful subway stations from around the world. My fave is Kungsträdgården Metro Station in Sweden – because it looks like an awesome cave!

»   Pet owners can get pretty creative when taking their pooches on transit.

»   Throwback! Berlin is set to use retro trains from the 1950s on their system today!

Unearthing the secrets of New York City’s subway including phantom tunnels and underground gardens!

»   Meet the voice of Ottawa’s transit! [ICYMI: We actually have our own voice star for our transit here in Metro Vancouver].

»   It’s difficult enough to get photos of anything in North Korea but this is awesome! Check out the mysterious (and one of the deepest underground transit systems in the world!) Pyongang subway system.

»   Have you ever wanted to build your own subway system? Wait no longer, friends and check out Mini Metro!

»   If you read this blog, we all know I love Halloween and costumes. Let’s look at the best the NYC subway system had to offer this year!

»   The pneumatic subway that almost was.

»   Buskers in the TTC take centre stage (really, they’re getting stages!) in and around the Toronto transit system.

»   The NYC subway system turned 112. Wow, it doesn’t look a day over 95!

»   Speaking of NYC… If you’ve been dying to know how rats got into subways in New York, well, this one’s for you!

»   After 35 years of service, Calgary bids farewell to their very first C-Train car as it takes one last trip.

»   Canadians band together on transit to make sure a man gets to a job interview on time! *heart!*

»   A subway style apartment? Um… I need to live here.

»   The coolest new electric bus out of China looks like an old tram car? That’s right – the Dang Dang is a mix of new and old transit!

»   The annual CP holiday train is riding the rails to bring holiday cheer across Canada.

»    Driverless delivery has been around far before Amazon. In 1927 London introduced Rail Mail!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Links and Tidbits – October 28, 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.

music on transit


»   GO Transit sees better behaviour from riders after this etiquette campaign.

»  Moovit attempts to streamline transit with their update app. Any reviews from users??

»   Transit movers and shakers are making a global difference!

»   Yowza! This self-driving shuttle bus has a fancy price tag to go with it.

»   I think we should “tune in” to each other on transit. I’d wear a button for Tube Chat!!

»   Another subway hero… with a beat that saved a life!

»   Solar powered subway. Reality or pipe dream?

How New York’s Subway Map Was Reimagined for Women

»   Need a map of some public transit agencies in America. How about ALL PUBLIC TRANSIT!?!

»   The map fun continues with this “30 minutes or less” San Francisco gem!

»   Turning firearms into fares in Halifax.

»   I would be absolutely fine being delayed to save a kitty on the tracks!

»   An abandoned New York City trolley tunnel could be the world’s first underground park! (Hopefully everything gets a good scrub before opening)

»   Learn about Montreal’s fascinating and controversial transit past.

»   ^^ When the opportunity arises, you have to shake your groove thing!

»   I think public transit art, in whatever form it takes, is my favourite. It really captures candid humanity. What do you think of these pieces?

»   Hmmm. Should we get some handsome anime mascots to promo TransLink?

»   Real life photos of the worst transit etiquette offenders!

»   A royal commute for those on this Amsterdam subway!

»   ^^ Panda Train! Panda Train in the sky!!

»   New Wayfinding signs for Ottawa. Just look for the big, red “O!”

»   What cities have the most people living near public transit? Read on and see!

»   Monorail. What’s it called? Monorail. That’s right! Shenzhen Monorail.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Links and Tidbits – September 30, 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.

»   A new video game mirrors real life in Russia where dogs take the subway.

»   Proposal by bus blind! No other explanation needed.

»   Something definitely stinks at this bus shelter in Montreal as the city ramps up an anti-trash campaign.

»   We’ve seen this artist before but his continuing commuting doodles are simply too good not to share!

»   And I thought swings on playgrounds were fun! I would swing life away on this subway!

»   Love this! MTA looks for 5 artists to design station murals.

»   The “perfect commuting game?” I intend to test this theory!

»   Shhhh. The new Volvo bus is so quiet it alerts pedestrians when they’re near!

»   ICYMI: A beautiful couple got married on OUR SKYTRAIN!!

»   I think pranks are better left to hand buzzers and squirting lapel flowers. No one wants bugs thrown on them during their commute! (or any other time…)

Uniqlo’s NYC subway-inspired t-shirt collection hits stores

»   ^^I’d wear that!

»   I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Manspreading is nothing new.

»   Keifer Sutherland gets the Ontario summer heat transit blues on the TTC.

»   The books on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round.

»   Meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow. Meow.

»   ^^Lawyer, Guinness World Record Holder, KING OF THE NEW YORK SUBWAY SYSTEM!!

»   Yes, Olivia Wilde. All of the yes. See an obvious pregnant woman on transit? Give up your seat, people. She’s literally making a human.

»   Apple and Watermelon (a fun pun for those of you who know Japanese or can Google translate this) meet as the new iPhone 7 will have Apple Pay options for Japan travellers on the Suica card!

»   The MTA and Penguin Publishing join together to get the word out with Subway Reads.

»   This new electric bus from Proterra claims 350 miles (yes, miles!) to a single charge!

»   ^^Joseph Gordon Levitt is an actor, drummer and now, pretty sweet subway busker! Looks like he has some underground counterparts.

»   When advertising and real life meet. So meta!

»   He appreciates your offer but he doesn’t need a seat. He’ll just do THIS.

»   Perhaps ^^this guy has the right idea! A new study suggests standing during your commute is better for your health.

»   Much like the older TTC stations, each Berlin subway station is themed differently and has a distinct, artistic profile. FYI: THIS is my favourite TTC station.

»   Just when you thought the chance had passed, I went and saved the best for last!!

Author: Adrienne Coling

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.

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.

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

»   What’s on trend for Russian subway commuters? CRAZY! Check out these St. Petersburg residents 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!)

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

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

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

»   Transit haute couture. Would you wear this?

»   Talk about some crabby commuters.

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

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

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

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

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

»   From subway rapper to Netflix star just like that!

»   The Philadelphia subway vent guy saga continues!

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

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

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

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

»   Mercedes unveils their self-driving bus. 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 on your commute?

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

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

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

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

»   Transit heroes to the rescue again!

»   That must have been one holy ride.

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

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

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

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

Author: Adrienne Coling

Links and Tidbits – July 7, 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.

»   You think that ^^ this is heartbreak? Check out the video below!

»   D.C. subway turned water park. Yikes!

»   We can dance. We can go where we want to — including the subway. Meet the Showtime Kids aka We Live This!

»   Very meta bus ride there, Potter, very meta.

»   Creepy or forgivable transit behaviour? The staring, I cannot abide!

»   Farmers markets for commuters on the go (literally!) in Toronto. I want this!

»   Gotta catch’em all! Ash, is that you?

»   Some serious strap hanger heroes save the day.

»   Occasionally, bus drivers need some “emotional first-aid,” too.

»   A London subway experiment looks at escalators. What side do YOU stand on? (Fun fact, in Japan, each city could have different escalator etiquette. In Tokyo, you stand to the left but in Osaka, it’s the opposite)

»   Secrets of New York dishes the dirt on vintage NYC subway cars.


»   When there’s something strange in your neighbourhood. Who you gonna call?? I am loving this Ghostbusters inspired NYC subway map!

»   Another metro map redesign. This time for Paris. What do you think??

»   This bus driver’s love for her job is clear with her permanent and visual statement.

»   Body positive only in London’s transit ads thanks to the city’s major!

»   Brighton, U.K. is bus central with the highest number of bus trips per person outside of London.

»   This ^^Subway serenade gives new life to an oldie but a goody!

»   Usually, I’m not a fan of a full bus. But in this case, I’ll make an exception.

»   Office on the go! Tokyo installs quick-use desks and benches on platforms along the Ginza subway line. You know, for those moments when you just NEED to do some extra work.

»   Now I want to buy one of our Community Shuttles and adventure around like this guy!

»   Remember the mystery balloon artist on the NYC subway? He’s been found!

»   Helsinki gets the jump on everyone and fully integrates bike share into their transportation!

»   Remember that guy who stole subway trains not once, not twice but 30 times? He’s getting his own documentary!

»   Subway time can be more than that. Just take a look at these New Yorker cartoons!

»   Way to go, Croatia! We love our bus bike racks!

»   Well, we have self-driving trains. Are buses next?

»   Broadway and transit enthusiasts join together in this great new musical!

»   The newest transit/internet sensation – subway vent guy!

»   See what’s behind the sliding doors across the world.

»   A race to the beach! NYC subway vs an e-bike. Who will win? Watch and find out!

»   Ahhh!! Monsters on the subway!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Links and Tidbits – June 3, 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.

»   ^^Straddle bus – yay or nay?

»   Happy birthday, Buzzer! 100 years on local transit vehicles. Talk about standing the test of time!

»   Here comes the bride… on the train!

»   What a sweet moment to witness while on the bus!

»   From eating to grooming; man-spreading to blocking the doors. Are YOU guilty of these subway sins?

»   Now take a look at the results of this study to find out the worst subway sins in NYC.

»   Another celebrity transit sighting. This time, Dakota Fanning takes the subway!

»   ^^I just blew a cute fuse by watching this little baby beaver at a metro station in D.C.

»   Transit meets some delicious detours in Montreal with restaurants mapped right on the metro lines!

»   Check out this list of best places to live in the U.S. if you love transit!

»   Self-driving cars as public transportation in Beverly. Hills, that is. Swimmin’ pools, movie stars.

»   Transit is often the backdrop for scenes from movies, TV, ads and more but viral videos are adding up day by day! Take a look at these top viral videos shot on the subway. What’s your favourite?

»   The Donald is making an appearance in some altered NYC subway transit etiquette ads. Thoughts? :)

Moscow's metro

»   What is this? ^^ A palace? A castle? Nope, just Moscow’s gorgeous Metro stations! NBD.

»   Another beautiful Metro station, this time in Stockholm.

»   As a self-proclaimed transit people watcher, I think this photo project is pretty cool!

People find a lot of things in the subway, but a baby? Read about this incredible story and its happy ending!

»   Obviously, great photographer minds think alike! (These ones are a bit more retro)

»   ^^Looks like a hard lesson to learn, indeed. Save your face, pay your fares!

»   Pizza delivered right to my bus stop? I’m in!

»   San Francisco will soon allow you to rate your transit ride… and the etiquette (or lack thereof) fellow passengers.

»   What a great idea! The Imaginary Superbus art event and contest brought kids together to make art and poetry as a way to boost public transit use in Winnipeg.

»   ^^Modern dance meets transit at bus stops in Regina.

»   Dreaming of becoming a transit entertainer? Get the inside scoop from the MTA’s buskers.

»   Cars are winning the commuter war – or so they say. What’s your say?

»   What an absolutely perfect gift to give this special transit enthusiast.

»   View the gallery of real life woes of New Yorkers – most are transit related!

»   I would LOVE to find a fun balloon animal on the SkyTrain! What do you think of this man’s art?

»   This new take on an ad campaign in Paris Metro stations aims to encourage riders to visit the real works in local museums.

»   A decades long quest to draw all 469 NYC subway stations is still chugging along!

»   From stations to people, transit rides make for great art projects!

»   How does your commute stack up with other riders in Metro Vancouver?

»   I’ve definitely noticed a theme this past year of transit maps reimagined. Some as 8-bit video games, some as restaurant guides (*see above) and here’s NYC’s subway mashed up with the London Tube.

»   ^^Think pink! The Pink Light Campaign in South Korea is experimenting with an alarm system that alerts passengers when a pregnant woman is in need of a seat.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Links and Tidbits – May 6, 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.


Don’t lose your marbles!

»   At the Times Square–42nd Street subway stop in NYC you can take in this ^^ beautiful mosaic by artist Lisa Dinhofer.

»   Move over subway pizza rat and hello subway bagel rat!

»   Watch this video! (Be sure to wait until the passenger chimes in) Warning, colourful language!

»   Washington Metro turns the big 4-0!

»   Hillary had some trouble using the NYC subway – She should visit us, tapping a Compass Card is a breeze!

»   ^^ Of course SNL had to have a crack at poking some fun.

»   Rubber ferry, you’re the one! You make bath time so much fun!

»   BCIT’s, Evolution 107.9 radio’s Harrison Jewell spoke about TransLink and how we compare with other transit authorities in North America.

»   I admit, I’d probably do a double take at some of these books being read on the train!

»   ^^Literally the happiest I’ve ever seen people on transit in this 1964 NYC World’s Fair advert for the “subway special!”

»   You know what really grinds GO transit users’ gears? Take a look!

»   More than one fifth of U.S. urban residents use public transit regularly with NY, LA and Chicago topping the list.

»   Another month, another superhero bus operator – this time in Calgary.

»   Did you know that Cincinnati has a secret, unused subway? Neither did I!

»   From bus to food truck (looks like one of our community shuttle vehicles!) offering fresh produce at reduced rates for low-income families in Toronto. What a great idea!

»   Looks like Halifax has the same idea – full sized bus this time though!

»   Hold onto your hats because TransLink’s own Pet Peeves transit etiquette campaign is making worldwide headlines by being featured at the New York Transit Museum!

»   Another beautiful transit relic saved in London! Take a look at the Crystal Palace.

»   One of my greatest fears – becoming a meme! The late, great David Bowie’s son turned this man into an viral internet sensation!

»   So, this is what it feels like… when doves cry. What a fitting tribute!

»   Much Shiba. Very transit doge. So subway.

»   Posts like this are my bread and butter. I LOVE secrets and transit secrets are even better!

»   Ever wondered why you get sleepy on the train or bus? Looks like there’s an answer!

»   Mexico City has nearly 200 different transit signs on their system. They even tweet out the meanings for passengers. For example! Why is Talismán station represented by a mammoth? Because workers discovered the remains of one while excavating the site!mammoth»   Our region is hot. I mean H-O-T! Especially when it comes to transit. Check out how we show up on this heat map of Metro Vancouver transit users!

»   The man who voiced the “mind the gap” announcements in London’s Underground has passed away. But his wise yet stern voice will remain helping tube riders for generations to come!

»   Death Star transit realness. “Alert all commands. Calculate every possible destination along their last known trajectory!” 

»   Looking to rent in NYC? Then have a look at which subway stops will save you $$! (ps. A one bedroom for $4000 a month? YOWZA! And I thought Vancouver was pricey!)

»   What an amazing tool! All Transit allows you to gauge how well-connected any spot in the United States is by public transit!

»   It’s a museum! It’s a nuclear bunker! It’s North Korea’s subway system!

NK subway

Puhung Station was one of only two metro stations foreign visitors were allowed into before 2010.

»   New Subway ads that KNOW who is looking at them. Creepy or cool? You decide!

Author: Adrienne Coling