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Links and Tidbits – March 31, 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.

Bus stop

Spaarne Hospital bus station, Netherlands, NIO Architecten

»   See more of great bus stop and station designs like this ^^ in the best of 2016 list.

»   Transit in BC celebrated a birthday on February 22. Bon anniversaire!

»   Speaking of birthdays, a very happy one to the TTC subway on March 30!

»   What is it about bus operators? Such kind and generous people seem to find their way to these jobs.

»   Canadian transit made the news in New York! Except it’s about a bus being hijacked… and the perpetrator making the driver take him to Tim Hortons now dubbed as “the most Canadian crime ever.”

»   Temple’s basketball team hopped on the subway to head to their NCAA tourny game. And this isn’t the first time!

»   Tricky twins ^^ play a time travel prank in a NYC subway car.

»   Get your specs out to look at all the details on the world’s most complex subway maps!

»   All the railroads from the mid-Atlantic in 1921 fancily fashioned into one subway-style map.

»   Is navigating transportation systems in very large cities too difficult for humans? Researchers say it could be!

»   A woman named Elizabeth Line in NYC. The Elizabeth Line unveiled in London. #elizabethline trending…Yep! I can see how this could be confusing!

» London is working on emergency preparedness on their transit system with Europe’s largest-ever disaster training exercise where they needed to recreate a London Underground station! Check out a time lapse video of the building below.

»   The US Department of Transportation wants to build a National Transit Map from open transit data collected across the country.

»   Scratch and sniff stickers in the subway? This woman is trying to highlight a bigger issue on mass transit by enticing rider’s senses with pleasant smells!

»   Ad free, creative and beautiful. Three ways to describe the new U-Bahn line in Düsseldorf.

»   Street kitty cat was saved from a Bronx subway and now dubbed “Subway Dunford”. As the reporter says, this is magnifi-cat! (I had to, I’m sorry)

Full bus

Full bus? Just bring your own seat and sit on top! (please do NOT actually do this!)

»   Mind your P’s and Q’s on Edmonton Transit and you could win with their new Thank you Thursdays campaign.

»   Is the GoToo the next wave of transit? What do you think of the customizable idea?

»   Check out this eerie optical illusion that’s created by reflection on the London Underground.

» Do you have a favourite subway movie moment? This list claims to showcase the best. What would you add? Mine is below (disclaimer: I know it’s technically not the subway!)

»   Another “Don’t read if you’re a germaphobe!” post! I’ll summarize: A New York City subway handrail is akin to shaking 10K people’s hands.

»   Seattle transit riders can rejoice as a shiny new subway extension to U-dub opens!

»   Travelling to the US? Check out this list of the cities with the best public transit and you can become a transit commuter expert!

»   When a NYC subway car comes to the end of its life, it’s time for it to swim with the fishes. No, seriously!

»   Wondering where some of our old assets have gone? Check this out!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Links and Tidbits – February 19, 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.

Check out the poem!

Check out the poem!

»   Ed Konrad wrote this ^ poem about transit. Thanks for sharing!

»   ICYMI: Walter White drives the 135 bus! NBD!!

»   Warms the heart to hear stories like this! In Calgary, a bus operator stopped her bus to help out a person in a wheelchair stuck in the snow.

»   In Vancouver, our own CMBC operator, Eileen Ryan, helps some Syrian refugees with a ride home.

»   Imagine if all subway lines across the globe all connected. Now, look at this!

Vancouver infographic V3-page-001
»   We’ve come a long way, baby! Happy 30th anniversary, SkyTrain! That’s right, paid service for the Expo Line began on January 3, 1986!

»   Looks like we aren’t the only Canadian transit system who has some furry friends on board!

»   I have no idea what is behind this but it gives some good advice… if your bus driver is really just 5,000 bees in a trench coat!

»   This man put down his smartphone (not a bad idea now and then!) and picked up a pad a paper to make observations about his commute. Does anyone else do this?

A Twitter Haiku about Compass

A Twitter Haiku about Compass

»   This bus driver in Ireland went above and beyond. Not only did he help this elderly passenger off his bus but also tied her shoes!

»   Two retired Brill trolley buses in Thunder Bay hope to get a new home with an area transit museum. Fun fact, they’re originally from BC!

»   A brief history of subway etiquette campaigns. Methinks we should all give these a read now and then!

»   Japan’s transit is pretty cool already. Throw in the fact that each station has a different departure melody? That’s just a whole other level of awesome!

Valentine's Day may be over for another year but check out this SkyTrain dating map from Elite Singles!

Valentine’s Day may be over for another year but you can still check out some of these dating hot spots with your SO using this handy SkyTrain dating map!

»   Art can really change your mood. Across NYC subway stations you can find numerous station specific murals adding some colour and art to the everyday!

»   Now, I’ve seen subway maps imagined as Nintendo worlds. But, how about Nintendo game worlds turned into subway maps?! I love them all! *nerd alert*

»   A different type of busker. Get upclose and personal with the NYC Subway beat boxer, Verbal Ase.

»   Roya the destRoya proves that she can serve with her fierce breakdancing in the NYC subway!

»   Miss me, Kiev? In Ukraine, the dastardly Sherlock villain, Moriarty, showed up via a computer hack to surprise unknowing transit riders.

»   Vancouver isn’t the only city that stripped down for no-pants transit rides in January!

»   Get in your Delorian for this way back playback: GOCard pamphlet from 1989!

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»   GOT and transit fans unite in this one awesome photo!

»   Meet the new TransLink CEO, Kevin Desmond!

»   It’s nice to see that Blanche Dubois isn’t the only one who can rely on the kindness of strangers, right here at home.

»   This ^ Valentine’s Day inspired video proves that sometimes, all you need is love!!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Links and Tidbits – December 18, 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.

Rudolph reindeer bus

Our very own Rudolph ready to drive the Reindeer Bus!

»   TransLink continued the wonderful tradition of gathering thousands of toys for less fortunate children in the Lower Mainland with our Reindeer Bus!

»   From bus routes to humble abode. This Georgia couple turned an old bus into a house!

»   Serial bus thieves? They exist! You think he would’ve learned his lesson after 10 or 20 arrests!

»   It’s like… a lava lamp. Have some time to kill? Watch this oddly fascinating, real time transit tracker in Germany.

»   A new study suggests that living near transit lines may be good for your mental health!

»   From mind to body! A Japanese study found commuters who take the bus have a lower risk of heart disease and stroke than people who drive.

»   This TTC operator is making the most of his bus break with some push ups!

»   Riders who get stuck on downed trains in NYC can request a late-to-work slip from the MTA. Last year’s count? 100,000!

»   Germaphobes beware!! Take a look at what bacteria are lurking on a subway pole. Lucky you, there are pictures.

»   You have goat to be kidding me…

»   Talkin’ ’bout my generation. In Bostonl, millennials love transit!

»   You know nothing, Jon Snow. We’d LOVE to sit next to you and your posters on the bus!

»   We may have crows but Teipei has cranes!

»   This is like SkyTrain Inception. Thank you to @wetcoastlife for the share!

»   Washington pokes fun at the different types of “transit haters” in their region.

»   Lump. Throat. Watery eyes. These types of transit interactions truly warm my heart!

»   Waste not, want not! London’s old tube cars are being transformed into traditional rail trains for Northern England.

»   Read minds with a new virtual reality experience in the New York subway system!

»   Daycare on a train? How exactly are you going to get the kids to leave? Playtime is WAY better than getting off at your stop! (In reality, I think it’s more likely that this was a converted retired transit vehicle).

Play pen transit car
»   TTC throwback to the first bus route in Toronto and on a double decker no less!

»   FINALLY! I think those grates are scary enough without getting your heel stuck!

»   This new app guides visually impaired riders through London’s Underground through audio instructions. The future is now!

»   The ultimate showdown in transit mapping: Google vs. Apple.

»   Avoid waiting for trains in NYC by walking to your station. This chart shows you how much you’ll burn!

»   At Union Square station in NYC you can find this guy playing a mean sax, dancing like no one’s watching and using transit! That’s my kind of triple threat!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Links and Tidbits – November 1, 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.

Anyone up for some bus polka?

Anyone up for some bus polka?

»   Our new Prime Minister heads to the subway to thank transit users for their support!

»   A little Twitter teasing became a baseball battle royale between transit companies!

»   Carrying a plastic bag full of live crabs on public transit. What could go wrong??

»   People who spontaneously burst into song or are in need of a nap are out of luck with Sacramento’s new transit rules.

»   Looks like taking the bus is good for business!

He can SEE the music!

»   ^ This guy has some competition for most epic subway metal rock out!

»   It’s always a good idea to think outside of the box. Or… in this case, out of the toilet?

»   TTC is becoming very cycling friendly. They’ve even installed 10 self-service bike repair stations around the system!

I must admit, I love this sign!

I must admit, I love this sign!

»   I can’t decide if this story of transit love story from across the pond is cute or creepy. What’s your take?

»   Reading is fundamental so take a peek at these fun facts about NYC’s new subway extension!

»   LEGO is moving beyond the toy box and the movie theatre and into transportation planning. Check this out!

Fellow Whovians. UNITE. I want this to be real!

»   Fashion icon turned subway-goer. At least for a movie ;)

»   Everybody say love! LOVE! What a lovely surprise for one half of the couple and surrounding commuters :)

»   In Soviet Union, bus drives you! Ok, no I’m not as funny as Yakov Smirnoff. But these Soviet era bus stops are truly interesting!

»   Walk or bus? The eternal question can be answered now by Google Maps!

»   Usually, stealing ads from bus stops would be a major no-no but this advertising stunt by jetBlue wants you to rip them right off!

»   Forget snakes on a plane, this is next level… a snake on a bus!!

»   Edmonton bus riders won’t have the Blues after listening to this crooning driver!

»   Talk about generous! I’d love to come across a free transit pass. Kudos to this Calgary good Samaritan.

»   Pucker up singles! You could date this Don Juan while waiting for your train.

»   That famous subway wind scene with Marilyn from The Seven Year Itch is 60 years old. Time flies when you’re having fun!


Author: Adrienne Coling

Links and Tidbits: September 23, 2015

Look no hands! The world’s first driverless bus trip was completed in China!

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 bag of haggis, a hamster and a casket are just three of the odd things Brits have left on trains. We too in Metro Vancouver leave leave some interesting items on transit as well. Those include megaphones, hearing aids and false teeth!

This photo series sniffs out the dark, but beautiful side of GreyHound bus travel.

Toronto Urban Film Festival screens on TTC subway platforms for what could be the last time.

Here’s the story of LA Metro’s new logo and its lil’ notch.

Pineapple express indeed. Philly transit gives a shout out to the fruit of the hour.

Talk about a long commute!

Parlez-vous français? Good. Now watch this video of Montreal’s new Metro cars and tell me what they’re saying. Or, click “cc” for English subtitles.

Subway Adventure whisks you away to surreal virtual destinations. Why not take the subway to the moon?

This Manhattan Subway Map charts each stop and tells it like it is.

If you can’t find an apartment in New Zealand you could always live on the train.

Want a free bus ride in Cluj-Napoca ? You better get reading. Oh, and move to Romania.

Ever wonder what it would be like to continuously ride NYC’s longest possible subway ride? One guy rode it, so you don’t have to!

If you need some space on transit…

Litefeet leaves the subway and hits the streets. How well do you know your moves?

Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority removes iconic transit murals and offers them back to the artist. She declines.

That’s one way to move transit farecards! Taiwan swipe card with image of Japanese porn star sells out within hours.

If high speed sidewalks are the future of transit, count me out!

Some transit lines are busy. Others, not so much.

Videos from the archives!

Aaaand just for fun, we dug up a few videos from our Links and Tidbits archives. Enjoy!

This video has was previously described as cute and enthusiastic. A more apt description there is not.
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Remember the invisible bike helmet? So. Cool.
(Re)introducing the original “cool” bus. Hit “cc” for English subtitles.
Who needs a refresher on trolley wiring?  Global News gives a bit of history lesson on the wires.

Not a video, but still awesome. Thumbs up to Donnamatrix for capturing one of the most whimsical forms of alternative transportation and for letting us use this photo (twice).

Author: Laura Tennant

Links and Tidbits — August 15, 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.

start transit map

This Vancouver transit map will leave you starry-eyed.

Looking for a sign that you truly love transit? These might do!

LA transit takes you on a Tour De Food. No, Subway is not on the itinerary.

Hey stranger, whatcha’ reading? This subway rider documented fellow passengers talking about their books.

So cool! Old city buses in Hawaii are given a new life to give others new homes.

Business slow at the pub? You could always put up a fake bus stop to drive up business…

New buses are coming for BC Transit. One hundred and twelve to be exact!

Yikes! That old school bus yellow had some pretty toxic baggage.

Some subway maps are chaotic. Others, like Helsinki’s, get straight to the point.

What if in the eagerness of waiting for the train, you are ignoring the love of your life? Whoa.

Clean design, driverless and see-through? Make way for what may be the future of buses!

Riding the bus with rose, er, green coloured glasses!

If there’s something strange in your neighbourhood. Who ya gonna call? The production team!

This New York subway map guides you through the system one emoji at a time. Oxford Circus, you look so angry!

Subway car star makes its way to Ontario, other subway cars swoon. Not really, but wouldn’t that be cute?

What’s the longest subway trip possible in New York? Would you believe it is nearly 150 miles long?

Step aside snakes, there’s eels on the train!

In New York? Need a date? Head to the subway and date while you wait for the next train!

Just so everyone knows, tap and go transit fares are kind of a big deal.

Could this story get any sweeter? A bus driver in Boston stopped at a children’s lemonade stand and bought a round for all of his passengers!

Whatever you do in Beijing, don’t kiss on the Subway!

Need a Metro ticket, but got squat? No problem, ten squats is all it takes to ride the Metro in Mexico City!

TransLink bus routes: 3 facts you didn’t know.

Tyrese is back on the bus, but this time he’s singing his own tune, and no one seems to notice.

Author: Laura Tennant

Links and Tidbits – July 3, 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.

Vintage West Coast Express Ticket

»   The Chow Bus is on the move in Tennessee to fight child hunger!

»   Just try and escape the internet! Google Sidewalk makes plans to fit bus stops with WIFI hubs.

»   Subway etiquette breaches are ranked. How is gross kissing only at 54?

»   Build it and they will…blog about it? Our buses have entered the world of Minecraft!

»   I have to agree, technically this is still manspreading.

»   The amount of transit money lost per trip in major U.S. cities has been charted. Looks like everyone is losing!

»   “It’s got its feet on the seats, but I’ll allow it because of that sweet hat.” Apparently, if you are a stylish goat you can break all the rules.

»   How many ways can the Metro ‘M’ be designed? CityLab counted 77 super hero-esque logos!

»   Personalized mass transit? There’s an app for that.

»   Virtual reality transit etiquette at its best or at its worst? You decide.

»   Music to my ears! Former LCD Soundsytem frontman James Murphy is working on a Subway Symphony.

»   Contortionists give us a look at extreme transit etiquette. Kinda looks like it hurts, no?

»   Who wants to get inked on this old TriMet Bus tattoo parlour? Anyone?

»   What do you get when you cross a Concorde, a rail gun and an air hockey table? Meet the ‘fifth mode of transportation’.

»   I dig these smooth transit moves. Watch subway dancers bring the NYC sound to the underground!

»   Stick it to them! Sexist and misogynistic NYC subway ads get sticker bombed.

»   Off the cuff travel planning takes on new meaning with subway bracelets. You’ll never be lost again!

»   Hop, skip, Skedaddle to Crane beach (and take me with you).

»   It seems suffering for your art is still a thing: transit travel acts as a muse for NYC art show PLATFORM.

»   Love may conquer all, but paint helps too! A scary subway in England is transformed by artists into a tunnel of love.

»   Here’s 21 reasons why Canadian public transportation isn’t so bad. Our system makes a cameo in 13 and 20!

»   It looks like waiting for the bus just got a bit more fun in Gloucester as Zumba makes its way to the platform!

»   Here are five things to know about Toronto’s love affair with subway tokens and some cool old photos of the fare system. Check out that old paper transfer design!

Compass Card vs. paper transfers

Author: Laura Tennant

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

Links and Tidbits – May 1, 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.

 Kindness is everywhere!

»   Take a ride on the SkyTrain in 1988!

»   I want this to happen. Who else wants this to happen? Let’s do it!

»   Looking for a spot to sit in the morning? Here are the best subway lines in NYC to actually find a seat!

Nope nope nope nope NOPE!

»   Why take the bus when you can slap on some goggles and virtually take the bus! Wait, what?

»   Hipsters unite! This bus/mobile record store is cruising around Calgary.

»   I’m a sucker for animal stories. Hey, aren’t we all? See how Keiko, a wandering Husky finds her way home with some help from a bus driver in Halifax.

»   Talk about good karma. This bus driver will surely be up for some of that!

»   Not to mention this bus operator in our own backyard of Delta.

»   Russian commuters band together to save a trapped woman in Moscow Subway.

»   Up for learning some new dance moves? LyveTyme dancers in NYC perform on the subway system despite the threat of arrest!

»   Yikes! Talk about a near miss. This man must have some awesome upper body strength and quick reflexes!

»   Like some of Vancouver buses, Thunder Bay, Ontario is looking jazz up their buses with some local art.

Oh, I really feel fine driving route 99!!

»   Explore the deep with this video of a sunken bus. Does it creep anyone else out that you can’t see five feet in front of the camera?

»   For $68 you could own this fabulous old transfer shirt made by local Vancouver designer, Tayman!

»  Peace, love and electric VW vans, man.

» Heading to the Big Apple soon? Be sure to check out these adventures you can have at the end of subway lines.

Keanu Reeves: Canadian, The One, a totally triumphant and bodacious dude and subway gentleman supreme.

»   Japan’s maglev train breaks world speed record. AGAIN!

»   More metro dance parties? Oui, s’il vous plaît!

»  Ever wondered why so many public transit systems use a grid pattern? Wonder no more! Don’t say I never gave you anything. (See what I did there? I gave you knowledge!)

Skip to 2:25 for an awesome subway-inspired dance on Dancing with the Stars!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Links and Tidbits – April 3, 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.

Is this why no one uses MapQuest anymore?

Yikes! Is this why no one uses MapQuest anymore?

»   Take a peek behind the scenes at SkyTrain control.

»   Seattle bases bus fares on income

»   CBC tests the most popular Metro Vancouver commutes.

»   Western Pennsylvania transit pioneer honoured.

Strangers ARE nice! Check out the video to prove it! I would love a shoulder to sleep on during my commute some days. Wouldn’t you??

»   What do you think of THIS cycling adventure in Japan?

»   Paris uses effective infographics to keep riders informed of closures.

Watch the opening of the 2.27-mile tunnel under Twin Peaks in San Francisco.

»   Creating a mass transit app for a city that doesn’t have mass transit.

»   Here’s how matatu drivers in Nairobi get passengers to choose THEIR ride!

»   Haaaaaaaaaaave you met Etti-Cat?? This fancy feline is the NYC 1960s subway mascot.

»   You can even buy Etti-Cat’s book!

»   Check out some NYC transit etiquette posters from the 1940s and 50s, pre-Etti-Cat.

»   Free WIFI on buses in Portugal

»   Vaping on transit? The new debate.

»   Waste not, want not! The first bus run on… well… click here and find out!

»   No phone chats or video game beep beep boops! GO transit considers quiet zones on buses.

»   Windsor adds pink bus to fleet to raise money for Breast cancer research

»   From subway to runway, fashion meets transit!

A man struggles with his telepathic powers… that seem to occur only while riding the L train in Chicago.

»   A rare look into the Plymouth subway in England that was filled up over a decade ago.

»   Have you seen this? This prank is terrifying and NOT. COOL.

»   One of the first Canadian-developed Apple watch apps comes from Montreal and it’s for transit!

»   Yo-Yo Ma endorsed subway busker promotes Bach in the subway, a worldwide musical movement!

»   Is it acceptable to shave on transit? How about putting on make up? Is public grooming OK on commute?

LA Metro gives us a play-by-play for escalator etiquette!

»   DC commuter takes her X2 bus experiences to the big screen.

»   Buzzer reader Devon compiled  a list of amazing transit and transportation systems for his bucket list. Check it out! Thanks for sharing, Devon!

»   Commuters in Hangzhou, China enjoy 3D ads on their subway cars.

»   Gloucestershire regiment honoured on stage coach buses.

»   Long lost NYC subway design map found and restored.

»   6 degrees of transportation – Kevin Bacon takes the subway and loves it!

»   While I don’t recommend jumping into old subway tunnels, these pictures are pretty epic!

»   Lost dog take transit around the city. All together now… AWWWW!

»   Pricey but cool. Would you pay to take this bus?

TransLink’s Pet Peeves are making headlines!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Links and Tidbits – February 27, 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.

Check out these amazing video clips of every day commuters from Berlin based photographer Adam Magyar.

»  These people boogied down on funky Friday on a train in Perth, Australia.

»   Buzzer blog reader Barry wrote in and sent us a great link to 10 global Transportation Maps. Thanks Barry!

»   ALLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!! What if the SkyTrain had a conductor? Pix-Elated films finds out!

»   Dating got extra speedy on the LA Metro this year with their Red Line speed dating event just in time for Valentine’s Day!

»   Good Samaritans saved the day in Florida when a local bus driver passed out behind the wheel.

»   Buzzer blog reader Mike sent us his own post about Japanese rail in light of our latest Buzzer blog poll on world transit systems. Scroll to the Oct 14, 2014 entry to check it out!

»   Helen Mirren is one classy lady. The actress has been spotted numerous times looking elegant, as always, taking the NYC subways with great transit etiquette!

»   The TMNT to the rescue! Watch the heroes in half-shells save LA transit!

»   Transit has been all up in the Twittersphere lately! Take a look at the best and worst of public transit Twitter accounts.

»   Remember this epic Danish commercial for their buses? Well, they’re back at it and making the bus cool again with this latest ad.

»   The CEO of IBM is getting behind he idea of greening transit worldwide suggesting joint policies to make the change happen.

»   The mayor of Seattle is getting rid of the option to turn right on red in the downtown core as a part of his vision zero plan.

»   Baby, it’s cold outside! Boston’s public transit stood still after a series of intense winter storms dumped record amounts of snow in the area. Makes you appreciate the rain… almost.

»   After New York’s MTA launched their sassy ad campaign to remind riders of public transit etiquette, San Francisco’s BART is on highlight as people are asked their biggest pet peeves on the system.

»   The age old rivalry of car versus transit has been tested. From Surrey to downtown Vancouver, transit will get you there faster!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Links and Tidbits – February 1, 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.


Super dog in Seattle! Read about it here.

»  The hashtag #illridewithyou started to trend after the Sydney hostage incident. The hashtag is to show solidarity with Muslims who commute.

»  Shannon Chadwick shared this very festive addition to Port Moody on Twitter.

»  Laura spotted the big man in red on the 99!

»  King County in Washington takes a look at public transit by the numbers.

»  Some of these vintage subway etiquette posters are still useful today. Others, not so much!

»  Yes, please! UBC’s Sauder School of Business student Varun Banthia blogs about a study of Metro Vancouver’s politeness on public transit. Thank you!

»  No messing about! New York City’s MTA launches a new courtesy campaign for riders and “manspreaders.”

»  Two New Yorkers donning bodysuits hilariously recreate the very same MTA ads.

»  Bradley Cooper takes the subway! *swoon* The actor says it’s the best way to get around the city.

»  Thanks to reader ;-) for sharing these great pictures of what happens to retired NYC subways cars.

»  Commuters to the rescue! Riders of a Transperth in Perth, Australia came to the aid of a man trapped between the platform and train car.


Is it chilly in here or is it just the fact that pants are absent? Vancouver Improv Anywhere organized the very successful No Pants SkyTrain Ride Vancouver 2015 organized by Vancouver Improv anywhere. Cheeky! ;-)

»  The future is now! Creator of the Hyperloop idea (and Tesla Motors CEO) Elon Musk says a test track will be built “soon” and the Texas is likely to be the location.

»  Find places to eat along the SkyTrain Expo Line. Nom nom nom!

»  Transit ticket machines and touchscreens can be… well, touchy, for those trying to avoid germs. Here’s a guide to help!

»  Check out the BBC’s piece on proposed bus bike racks in the UK and how they have worked for us here in Metro Vancouver. The interview starts at 46:52 and goes to 53:00.

»  Check out this picture from @tsyori and re-posted on our Instagram page. I guess The Executor is in the shop!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Links and Tidbits – December 12, 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.


» Chrissy Nommington shared this “TransLink Adventure” postcard on Instagram.

» Our Buzzer readers send us a lot of interesting things and Ivan Chan sent us 3D renderings of Lansdowne Station on the Canada Line that he did!

» A couple of upcoming Christmas events in Metro Vancouver. The Christmas Market in Coquitlam takes place on December 13th at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex. Admission is free! The Transit Museum Society is organizing multiple Christmas Lights Tours during the month of December. The tours will be onboard TRAMS’ 1982 General Motors “Reindeer Bus.”

» The New York City Subway turned 110 year old in October 2014 and what did they do to celebrate? They rolled out their vintage subway cars – surprising commuters with an nostalgic ride!

» This cute little girl started a dance party in a New York City Subway station! A band was playing “Me and My Uncle” by the Grateful Dead and she couldn’t help but start dancing. Others couldn’t resist the fun either and joined in!

» More New York: the entire subway system dealt with numerous problems on December 11 from power outages and a manhole fire to doors that opened onto the tracks. )=

» New York Subway wants you to keep your legs shut in this awareness campaign that will be launching in January.

» Moving on to transit etiquette, SEPTA is expanding its “dude it’s rude” campaign. And hey look! Our Pet Peeves campaign is mentioned in the  same article.

» The Daily Telegraph shares 11 things that should be banned from public transport.

» Because you know I’m all about that bus / ‘Bout that bus, no treble / I’m all about that bus! The METRO Regional Transit Authority in Akron, Ohio made this awesome video, “All About That Bus” – parodying Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass.”

» Shiny new buses? You betcha. Winnipeg Transit just launched four New Flyer Xcelsior battery-electric buses and they will operate a 40-kilometre, two-hour route between the city’s airport and Watt Street and Leighton Avenue. The buses will recharge for 10 minutes at the airport after each trip.

» Not to miss out on the electric bus fun, the Chicago Transit Authority also added two all-electric buses to their fleet

» While Winnipeg and Chicago experiment with electric buses, Bath and Bristol in South West England are testing out the “Bio-Bus,” a bus that is powered entirely using gas generated by human waste.

» Over in Philadelphia, the West Philly Runners group took on SEPTA’s 21 bus for their “Beat the Bus” in a race to see whether running from Point A to Point B could be faster than taking the bus. Who won? Read on to find out!

» Tyne and Wear Metro in North East England urges its passengers to “use your brain near a train” in this animated video to educate passengers about the dangers of obstructing train doors.

» This illustration comes from artist Karl Jilg and the Swedish Road Administration. It shows how much public space we’ve surrendered to cars.

» Stockholm made their stairs fun – by turning it into a piano! No word if these are coming to a SkyTrain station near you. ;) (H/T to @AmandaDFrazer)

» Here’s a Bombardier T1 subway train from Toronto dressed up as a refurbished Mark I in a train simulator (OpenBVE) done by our friend Elfren. Want to join the TTC Academy do to runs? Visit TTCAcademy.t2p0films.ca to learn more. You’ll have the opportunity to experience the life of a subway train operator and I’m told it’s lots of fun!

Author: Allen Tung

Links and Tidbits – October 24, 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.

» Transit buses in North America are built to last about 17 years and after that they hit the scrapper. Check out this photo from the Amix Group of our old buses:

» BREAKING NEWS – TransLink is unveiling a tiny bus program! “Where will these buses go at night? How will we keep them safe?”

» Transit Police’s surveillance footage of a thief losing his pants after breaking into a SkyTrain station has made it onto CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes (starts at approximately 17:40).

» What are you doing on Halloween night? Why not get together with other ghosts and goblins and ride the Canada Line?! The Vancouver Public Space Network is organizing the ninth instalment of their Halloween SkyTrain Party.

» This video will warm your heart as dozens of train riders came together to help a man that was trapped between the platform and train.

» Can’t miss this bus stop! This “obvious bus stop” in Baltimore, designed by an art collective Mmmm, is a typography sculpture that spells out the word ‘bus.’

» Instagram recently introduced Hyperlapse – an app that allows users to create their own time lapse videos right from their phone. Check out these Hyperlapse videos on Miss 604 of SkyTrain, SeaBus, and much more!

» The economic benefits of being linked to rapid transit means developers are stepping up to pay for stations, reports Business in Vancouver.

» The Globe and Mail’s Ian Bailey tweets, “Montreal’s #STM lays down law on fiddling with #Metro doors.”

» Illustrated Vancouver and TransLinked’s Jason Vanderhill has a new book. Titled, Vancouver Confidential, this book is a fresh look at the rare urban culture of a port city in the mid-twentieth century.

» Who can resist a discussion of how to improve online trip planning?  Transport for London’s Digital Blog has had some interesting posts lately about how they’re upgrading their online trip planner.  Things like crowdsourcing points of interest (identifying POIs must be a major task in a megacity) and planning appropriate transit journeys to large sporting venues with multiple access points.

» We love some cool SkyTrain photos! Check these out from Céline Ramoni on Flickr.

» What were you doing in eighth grade? Ivan Specht is designing subway maps for cities that don’t have subways!

» This will  surely brighten up your Monday morning commute. A dance partay onboard this train in Perth, Western Australia.

»  The Associated Press takes a look back at how Japan’s bullet train has revolutionized rail travel in the world as it turns 50 years old.

» Honolulu is building the United States’ first “wide-scale” driverless transit system! It is scheduled to be in operation in 2017  and will operate for 20 hours a day. (Thanks Sheba and Stefan)

» Check it out – London Underground’s new planned subway trains designed by PriestmanGoode! They will replace trains on the Piccadilly, Central, Bakerloo, and Waterloo & City lines.

Author: Allen Tung

Links and Tidbits – September 12, 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.

Vintage buses, trucks and more this Sunday!

Vintage buses, trucks and more this Sunday!

» Check out the Main Street Heritage Transportation Jamboree and Livable Laneways at the Autumn Shift Festival happening on Sunday, September 14 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the northwest corner of East 7th Avenue at Main Street!

» In the last iteration of Links & Tidbits, we shared with you Transitmix – an online map that lets you design your own bus network. Here’s one transit enthusiast’s redesigned network for Vancouver!

» A blast from the past indeed! “breeone” shared this photo on Instagram of an old bus transfer before the switch was made to current transfers.

» Human is an app that tracks walking, running, and biking for people for the app. The activity data for Metro Vancouver was compiled in this map.

» Brill trolleys roamed the streets of Vancouver for over 40 years, but why are there eight of them parked in Sandon, B.C.? Global News investigates! We have pictures of these buses on the Buzzer blog too!

» Aw, no more singing on Winnipeg buses or riding a unicycle on transit property. The city’s bylaw calls for a $100 fine if you sing. =(

» Helsinki wants to make the private car “pointless” in the city. The Mayors’ Council Vision for Regional Transportation wants to do the same here. Read their vision to find out more!

» This must be catching on! In January, we shared a link to a story about Beijing installing machines that accepts recyclable bottles for transit fares. Now Sydney has done the same!  (Hat-tip to @Gitsegukladud)

» Pretty cool German street art – they’ve turned an articulated bus’s gangway into an accordion!

» Here’s an interesting historical picture from Heritage Vancouver! The B.C. Electric Railway Company (responsible for operating the streetcar in the Lower Mainland) proposed to create an elevated streetcar system in the early 20th century.

» Hush little baby, don’t say a word, Papa’s gonna buy you a mocking bird. This little fox was found sleeping onboard an OC Transpo bus in Ottawa. Should we tell him he just missed his stop?

» This I didn’t know! A hidden gem on TransLink’s website – there’s a map showing where you can find carshare vehicles within one kilometre of SkyTrain stations and SeaBus terminals. 

» Darryl Pogue tweeted us this picture of FareSavers, circa BC Transit days. Are they still valid? Unfortunately, no, since they are without the magnetic strip and were meant to be deposited in the old fareboxes =(

What about my FareSavers when Compass Card launches, will they become obsolete like the old B.C. Transit FareSavers? Not to worry. FareSavers will still be valid as we transition to the Compass Card and you’ll be able to exchange your FareSavers for Stored Value on the Compass Card!

» Stockholm has three lines in its Tunnelbanan system (Green, Red, and Blue) and they are turning to the public to crowdsource the colour for the fourth line.

Author: Allen Tung