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Transit in the News – May 8

A weekly section about transit making headlines around the globe. Have an article you want to share? Comment below or email us.newspaper-568058_1280

Community Services in Nova Scotia cuts some bus passes for people with disabilities.

35 bus shelters in Calgary were shattered in wave of vandalism over the weekend.

Hearing for public-private partnership for mass transit in Guam.

Regina, Saskatchewan is getting rid of their rush hour bus-only lanes.

Government in Perth, Australia propose high-frequency bus lanes to reduce congestion.

Edmonton LRT starts training for staff.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority asks Department of Transportation for express bus-only lane on elevated highway.

Sudbury, Ontario partners with Google to create online transit planner.

MTA wants $1B from NYC for Second Avenue subway.

The public gets a sneak peek at what Kitchener-Waterloo LRT stations will look like.

Obama administration approves ferry to Cuba from Florida.

An all male committee will oversee Toronto’s transit decisions.

Massive transit strike cripples Germany.

STM may lose control over planning of transit projects in Montreal.

Students want to be testers of Edmonton’s smart fare technology.

GO transit launches summer service to Barrie and Niagara.

Hamilton can’t stop stores from overcharging for bus tickets.

35% of ballots returned in Metro Vancouver for plebiscite.

If you’re looking for interesting facts and fun stories about transit, check out our monthly Links and Tidbits series.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Transit in the News – May 1

A weekly section about transit making headlines around the globe. Have an article you want to share? Comment below or email us.newspaper-568058_1280

Winnipeg Transit bus service may be delayed by union work action.

Transport minister says no bus workers in Ireland will face forced transfer.

Calgary beings crackdown on costly bus shelter vandals.

MTA fares could increase by 15 per cent due to budget gap.

BC privacy watchdog alarmed by surveillance cameras in Victoria buses.

York Region bus riders welcome new transit funding in Provincial budget.

Baltimore subway stations close amid riots.

Man accused in sexual assaults on transit allowed back on buses in Vancouver.

Chicago subway crash prompts recommendations for braking and scheduling changes.

Gun arrests on NYC subway system up 42 per cent this past year.

Beijing follows lead in guide dogs on subway.

Driverless metro rail proposed for Bhopal.

Ottawa begins second phase of LRT in West end, bus detours to follow.

MTA to ban political ads on subways and buses.

  If you’re looking for interesting facts and fun stories about transit, check out our monthly Links and Tidbits series.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Transit in the News – April 24

A weekly section about transit making headlines around the globe. Have an article you want to share? Comment below or email us.
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Federal budget 2015 targets gridlocked urban commuters with mass transit fund.

Bus drivers in Belfast to take strike action.

Briarwood subway station renamed.

Halifax Transit unveils plan for the future of the region.

TTC CEO says bus driver surplus will be needed by end of year.

MTA subway trains are overcrowded as ridership rises.

Istanbul expands mass transit network with new line.

Shuttle bus deal signed as Victoria cruise ship season starts.

Edmonton considers discounted bus passes for low-income residents.

Victoria transit buses get outfitted with new security cameras.

PEI doctor saves man who fell onto subway track in Washington, DC.

Controversial ads will soon appear on NYC subways and buses.

Apple moves closer to adding public transit to maps app.

If you’re looking for interesting facts and fun stories about transit, check out our monthly Links and Tidbits series.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Transit in the News – April 17

A weekly section about transit making headlines around the globe. Have an article you want to share? Comment below or email us.newspaper-568058_1280

Wilmot Township outside of K-W area, Ontario will be connected by Grand River Transit.

Irish bus services face disruption as of May 1 as the unions vote for action.

Will driverless vehicles make transit obsolete in BC?

New research is emphasizing how important it is for millennials to live where there is a good public transit.

Amsterdam public transit agency aims to have all its transport be emission-free by 2025.

Officials in Illinois call for an increase in Federal transit spending.

Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, to roll out transit plans at public forum.

TTC signs $80M deal with Bechtel to oversee completion of Spadina subway expansion.

Axis Bank will issue co-branded debit cards to the users of Kochi metro system. The cards can be used for both for transit and shopping.

Axis Bank will issue co-branded debit cards to the users of Kochi metro system. The cards can be used for both for transit and shopping.

Axis Bank will issue co-branded debit cards to the users of Kochi metro system. The cards can be used for both for transit and shopping.

Kochi Metro Railway signs deal with Axis Bank for automatic payment cards in Kerala, India.

Washington, D.C. Metro deployed the new 7000 series rail cars this week.

Accessibility rights group files class action law suit against STM and AMT in Montreal.

If you’re looking for interesting facts and fun stories about transit, check out our monthly Links and Tidbits series.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Transit in the News – April 10

A weekly section about transit making headlines around the globe. Have an article you want to share? Comment below or email us.
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Hong Kong bus passengers narrowly escape disaster.

Swift Current Saskatchewan’s new transit system is launched.

Calgary launches smart phone transit app.

New section of A-Line metro opens in Prague, Czech Republic.

DC Metro believes they need to accommodate as many as 84,000 daily trips by 2020.

MBTA fares are cheaper than most U.S. cities

Montreal’s transit authority is looking for public input for the system’s future.

Hamilton, Ontario bus drivers reach tentative deal.

Windsor buses begin using NEXUS lane for border crossing.

TTC selects company to handle Spadina Subway expansion completion.

Russian commuters save woman trapped under train.

Beijing seeks new private investment to expand subway.

If you’re looking for interesting facts and fun stories about transit, check out our monthly Links and Tidbits series.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Transit in the News – April 3

A weekly section about transit making headlines around the globe. Have an article you want to share? Comment below or email us.
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Bus lane construction in New Market, Ontario loses local supporters with delays affecting businesses.

The National Bus and Rain Union in Ireland will decide on strike action regarding potential privatization of transit services.

TTC says they’ve learned from their mistakes with over-budget Spadina Subway extension.

Over 100 stations now connected to WIFI in NYC subway system.

Washington Metro will roll out new subway cars on April 14.

Delhi Metro launches new app to give riders reward points when reloading their smart cards.

Canadian cities lobby Ottawa for more public transit funding.

Hamilton transit union votes 95% in favour of strike action.

Abu Dhabi bus passes to be automated starting May 15.

Transit Watch program launched to help stop crime in Surrey, BC.

Riders in Melbourne, Australia now able to use Google maps to plan trips.

What mass transit could learn from luxury buses.

Four-year-old in Philadelphia boards bus alone at 3 am to get a slushie.

Winnipeg doesn’t have enough buses to keep up with ridership.

Montreal’s Honoré-Beaugrand bus terminal gets a redesign.

If you’re looking for interesting facts and fun stories about transit, check out our monthly Links and Tidbits series.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Transit in the News – March 27

A weekly section about transit making headlines around the globe. Have an article you want to share? Comment below or email us.

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Maritime Bus says this winter season has been extremely challenging.

The weather wreaks havoc on the ferries in Cape Breton.

University of Winnipeg students rally for better bus service.

A long-awaited bus stand serving many in Uppinangady, India is being built.

Rapid bus system construction is underway in Cambridge, Ontario.

NYC MTA raises fares.

TTC wants to hire outside contractor to finish Spadina subway extension.

Who takes transit to work in Metro Vancouver?

Public transit boosting research on air quality and climate change.

Amsterdam is offering free transit for failed asylum seekers.

Minnesota’s BRT is held off until 2017 due to funding.

TTC commute comes to a halt due to environmental spill.

Fluid leak on Vancouver bus, no delays or passengers involved.

Passengers escaped a bus swallowed by a sinkhole in Brazil.

GO joins Milton Transit to test door-to-door bus service.

Edmonton hoping their Metro LRT will still open as planned this spring.

Subway surfers caught on camera in NYC.

If you’re looking for interesting facts and fun stories about transit, check out our monthly Links and Tidbits series.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Transit in the News – March 20

A new weekly section about transit making headlines around the globe. Have an article you want to share? Comment below or email us.

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Here in Metro Vancouver, voting has begun in the Transportation and Transit Plebiscite.

NDP leader Thomas Muclair says in Toronto speech that transit is a top priority in the GTA.

GO Transit is expanding the rapid line to Barrie, Ontario.

Donations of transit passes in Edmonton help give homeless youth a leg up.

Britain’s first bus run entirely on biomethane gas enters service this month.

NYC’s Port Authority bus terminal’s future is up for debate.

Officials reject plan to revamp Port Authority bus terminal.

Taipei City Government announced that the Taipei West Bus Station will be demolished.

Outlying UK counties are suffering as a result of bus cuts.

The Otago region in New Zealand will see new “super stop” bus hubs.

Students living in Villarasampatti, part of the Erode district, petition for better bus service.

Chicago starts construction on the bus rapid transit lanes in The Loop.

Study shows Scarborough LRT would attract more development than subway extension.

A $26 million dollar Federal grant allows Jacksonville, Florida’s rapid transit project to continue.

City Leaders in LA say public transportation is the key to a livable city.

Michigan mass transit funding is centre stage before the vote of Michigan Proposal 1.

Government launches bus pilot program in metro Manila.

TTC fires managers over Spadina subway extension budget overages.

Tokyo remembers. 20th Anniversary of deadly Sarin gas attack on Tokyo subway system.

If you’re looking for interesting facts and fun stories about transit, check out our monthly Links and Tidbits series.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Fun Poll: What is your favourite public transit system around the world?

U-Bahn in Berlin Eberswalder Strasse, Germany Photo courtesy of Andreas Adelmann

Berlin’s Eberswalder Strasse, Germany
Photo courtesy of Andreas Adelmann

Any globetrotters in the mix? As I mentioned in my first post,  I love to travel! When I do, I take public transit. It’s cheap, it’s (usually) easy, it connects you to the people of the area and it goes everywhere!

Sure, it can be a bit daunting your first trip, particularly if you don’t speak or read the language but as Blanche DuBois said, “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” Most people are extremely helpful in this regard. You’d actually be surprised how many people are willing to come to your aid when you have that confused look, furrowed brow, clutched map and general aura of panic.

Now, I definitely have my favourites among some of the more popular transit systems around the globe but what I really want to know is YOUR favourite!

Let us know by voting for your favourites below, leaving a comment, tweeting us @TheBuzzer, or emailing us at thebuzzer@translink.ca!

What is your favourite public transit system around the world?

  • London – Underground or "Tube" (30%, 57 Votes)
  • Hong Kong – MTR (22%, 42 Votes)
  • Tokyo – Metro (14%, 27 Votes)
  • New York City – Subway (13%, 25 Votes)
  • Paris – Metro (8%, 16 Votes)
  • Berlin – U-Bahn (7%, 13 Votes)
  • San Francisco - BART (5%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 189

Author: Adrienne Coling