June 15, 2005 


Messing with the Hiawatha (Amtrak)

Chicago: As much as I think the current administration's attitude toward passenger rail is atrocious, I recognize that some Amtrak lines may indeed be less worthy of government support than others. If cuts must be made, let them be to... [read on...]

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 February 22, 2005 


BART Excursion Fares

San Francisco: I just got ripped off big time. I was late to catch a train to Berkeley so I ran down into a BART station only to find out that the next train wasn't for 20 more minutes, so... [read on...]

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 December 21, 2004 


Amtrak Guest Rewards Redemption System

Chicago: I was quite pleased to notice the other day that I had enough Amtrak points for a free trip to Chicago. So, the night before my trip, I logged onto the Amtrak website and went through the process to... [read on...]

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 July 27, 2004 


Bogus Seating

Boston: At Downtown Crossing Station on Boston's T, someone has installed some rather cool looking, if completely useless granite "chairs". Perhaps they are metaphors for overcrowding... or perhaps they are designed to make you thankful for the comparatively comfy seats... [read on...]

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 July 26, 2004 


High Risk Coffee Placement

Northeast Corridor: Amtrak's won a few points by having power ports in every seat, but their tray tables leave a lot to be desired. Not only are they flimsy and wobbly, they are actually not level, leaning at a significant... [read on...]

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 January 29, 2004 


TV adverts on busses

Chicago: I realize that transit agencies are perpetually strapped for cash, but putting televisions on the busses that bark adverts at you for the length of your ride is just out-of-control obnoxious. Nevertheless, the suburban Chicago PACE system is doing... [read on...]

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 December 04, 2003 


Extraneous Centimos

Barcelona: Barcelona's otherwise fantastic metro-system offers a rather curious fine if you are caught smoking: 30 Euros and 5 Cents. Why the 5 cents? It probably costs more than 5 cents per fine in administrative fluff to deal with the... [read on...]

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 November 16, 2003 


Las Vegas Seeking to Ban Pedicabs

The Strip: Las Vegas Boulevard and neighboring streets are among the worst designed I've ever seen. Pedestrians are funneled into overcrowded bridges and barely existent sidewalks, while traffic just sits there bumper to bumper all night. It can take 20... [read on...]

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 June 05, 2003 


Street Level Bus Exhaust

London: Busses may emit less pollution per person than a normal car, but if you've ever been behind one, you may have noticed a rather impressive plume of black smoke most of the time. To alleviate this problem, most city... [read on...]

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 May 14, 2003 


Inane Bus Routing

London: One of the drawbacks of some bus routes is that they go slowly. Not because the bus itself is slow, or because of traffic, but because the route is so crooked and inefficient. I've generally been quite happy with... [read on...]

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 March 26, 2003 


Defamation of Public Transit

Vancouver: Okay, I know busses do collect a few strange characters from time to time, especially in smaller cities where only the poor tend to ride them, but nothing excuses GM for running this totally outrageous advertisement in the Georgia... [read on...]

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 March 21, 2003 


Transferless Busses

London: The red busses of London are generally brilliant, as long as traffic is moving smoothly. But they have one particularly annoying and illogical drawback: No Transfers. Most bus systems I've been on give you a little piece of paper... [read on...]

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 November 12, 2002 


The Slow Bus

San Francisco: While Muni spends millions on new busses (which are arguably inferior in many ways to the slightly dirty existing buses), no improvement, other than a cosmetic brush up takes place. One problem is that Muni simply stops... [read on...]

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 November 04, 2002 


Ineffective Light Rail

San Francisco: Light Rail is a very useful form of urban transport, provided it meets one simple criteria: It must be an improvement on other forms of transit, including busses. In San Francisco, there are several light rail lines which... [read on...]

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