An amazingly-well researched book, The Routes Not Taken: A Trip Through New York City's Unbuilt Subway System tells us why sorely needed New York subway lines were never built. Read my full review .
Fare evasion has been in the news quite a bit lately as formerly barrier-free rapid transit systems in Los Angeles and Vancouver have been installing fare gates to deter freeloaders. Read on to learn what fare evasion is, how many people do it, what it costs transit systems and what it costs you if you are caught doing it .
I leave you this month before I go off and enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with a review of The Dao of Doug: The Art of Driving a Bus (Finding Zen in San Francisco Transit: A Bus Driver's Perspective by Douglas Meriwether. Filled with tales of being a bus driver that will bring knowing smiles and laughs from all fellow bus drivers who read it, Zen also provides important information that bus passengers can use to improve their transit experience.
Having trouble deciding what to get your transit enthusiast for Christmas? Worry no more; instead, check out my holiday gift guide for transit enthusiasts!
Recently I attended a lecture on transit planning given by the Vice President of Planning for the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas serving Houston and (some) of its suburbs. Can the sprawling wasteland of Houston really tell us anything about transit? Read on to learn more .
Recently a Moscow subway station installed a machine that dispenses a free ride ticket if someone successfully does thirty crunches in two minutes. Can transit agencies in the United States do something similar to improve public health? What is the effect that transit has on health? Read on for more .
Feeling safe while riding transit is a top priority for all passengers, and in Moving Safely - Crime and Perceived Safety In Stockholm's Subway Stations Swedish researcher Vania Ceccato offers some interesting insights into what makes transit stations more or less safe. Read my full review .
Although not many transit ballot measures were on the ballot this year, the measures that were on the ballot enjoyed a similar level of success as measures on the ballot last year. Overall, more than 70% of transit ballot measures passed. Read my full report .
Crime and Planning: Building Socially Sustainable Communities is a remarkable book that makes planners rethink the effect that some of their most cherished beliefs about smart growth have on their communities.
What happens when the regular buses go to bed at the end of the night? Learn about owl service, which operates in large cities between 12 AM and 4 AM.