August 04, 2004 

Improving Amtrak Where it Counts

Milwaukee: Amtrak continues to writhe in debt and taxpayer subsidies. A certain amount of this is ok, but at the same time Amtrak should be focusing on areas where it... [read on...]

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 July 26, 2004 

Seat-side Plugs

Northeast Corridor: It's still a far cry from onboard WiFi, but at least Amtrak is providing power for people who desire to use their laptop for more than a short... [read on...]

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 April 17, 2004 

GPS Bus Tracker

Boulder, CO: Brilliant. This amazing GPS bus tracking system shows you the current position and speed of busses in Boulder, Colorado. It's only a matter of time before these... [read on...]

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 February 03, 2004 

Support for High Speed Rail

Chicago: Our nation's lack of decent intercity train service continues to both baffle and dismay me. Even so, support coninues to build across political and economic boundaries, shattering the myth... [read on...]

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 November 14, 2003 


Barcelona: "Tomb" means round-trip in Catalan, and the TombBus (don't have a nice photo yet) means brilliant shopping solution. Basically, its a really nice bus, with cushy seats that face... [read on...]

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 September 30, 2003 

Metra Rail to Milwaukee

Milwaukee: Looks like Chicago's Metra-rail commuter trains will finally be extended to Milwaukee. [article here] there's a ridiculous amount of bureaucracy involved so who knows when it will actually happen,... [read on...]

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 September 26, 2003 


New York: There's a new way to travel between New York and Boston called 'LimoLiner'. For about the same price as a train ticket, LimoLiner is a bus featuring rather... [read on...]

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 September 05, 2003 

Forgotten Cincinnati Subway (website)

Cincinnati: Midwestern cities are generally not known for their subways, although several have them. Cincinnati, back in a more golden age, started building one, and for a variety of reasons... [read on...]

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 August 19, 2003 

The Caen Twisto

Caen, France: Here's a neat combination of bus and light rail. The 'twisto' system in the Norman city of Caen runs on rubber tires but has a single central rail... [read on...]

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 August 15, 2003 

Commuter Centers

Waukesha, WI: It's obvious that shops and other businesses benefit by being near a popular transit stop, but can the opposite effect work? Officials are planning to add shops and... [read on...]

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 July 08, 2003 

Trottoir Roulant Rapide

Paris: Moving walkways are quite helpful devices at airports and train stations, but they don't really move much faster than a slightly brisk walk. The problem is that making them... [read on...]

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 July 06, 2003 

Tube Etiquite Blog

London: I regret not posting enough about other websites devoted to transportation and other related things. (I've been particularily lazy in general lately, but that's another story). Anyway, for your... [read on...]

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 June 26, 2003 

Books in Transit

Reykjavik: Iceland's capital city has a decent bus network, as is expected in Scandinavia, with an interesting twist: On several seats on each bus, there is a popular paperback book... [read on...]

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 May 16, 2003 

London City Airport Extension

London: One of London's best kept secrets is London City Airport, a brilliant shortcut for air-travelers heading to the continent. LCY is already faster to get to from east London... [read on...]

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 April 30, 2003 


DC Burbs: In a brilliant coincidence of free market meets restrictive road-rules meets hitch-hiking, a phenomenon known as 'slugging' has taken off around Washington. (NYtimes article). In order to use... [read on...]

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 April 22, 2003 

BART to SFO starts June 22

San Francisco: Now taking bets as to whether this will actually happen, but a date has finally been announced for the BART extension to San Francisco Airport: June 22. Thank... [read on...]

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 March 26, 2003 

Channel Tunnel Rail Link

London: The last stage in bringing the Eurostar to it's full potential will be bringing it to Kings Cross/St. Pancras station instead of it's current terminus at Waterloo. Apparently, this... [read on...]

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 March 21, 2003 

Spider Maps

London: The original London bus map [pdf] is almost impossible to navigate because rather than showing lines for routes, you have to find little numbers on the map in much... [read on...]

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 March 10, 2003 


London: Crossrail is a massive project that will dig two deep rail tunnels under London. One will run east to west, the other will run on a diagonal from SW... [read on...]

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 February 28, 2003 

Cell Phone Tube Maps

London: Finally, something truly useful for fancy mobile phones: Downloadable tube maps, in full color, that you can use to navigate the system. Other cities [Paris] already have this system... [read on...]

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 December 29, 2002 

Vegas Monorail Extension

Las Vegas: Las Vegas has finally begun to expand its monorail system. The current system is a pretty useless novelty that runs so far behind the MGM Grand that it's... [read on...]

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 December 23, 2002 

Bus Rapid Transit

Curitiba, Brazil: Given a budget that made rail transit impossible to implement, the city of Curitiba famously cordoned off some traffic lanes and started running stretched buses between stations as... [read on...]

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 November 14, 2002 

New SF Transbay Terminal

San Francisco: This thing is going to be fantastic! It's the biggest and most ambitious multimodal transit facility I'm aware of, and will probably be one of the most useful... [read on...]

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 November 07, 2002 


San Francisco:Well, the idea is really common sense, but the fact that this long-awaited plan is finally nearing completion is pure brilliance. BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) is a commuter... [read on...]

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 November 04, 2002 

The Eurostar

Le Manche: Eurostar was fabulous. A near-perfect success! There is not much more to say than 'brilliance!' when regarding a 180mph train than takes you effortlessly from London to Brussels... [read on...]

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 October 30, 2002 

California High Speed Rail

THE I-5 CORIDOR: It's about time someone at least attempted to organise a consortium toward getting high speed rail, pardon the pun, on track in the US. And although it's... [read on...]

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 October 21, 2002 

London Busses

LONDON: I can't bad-mouth London so badly in the right-hand column without mentioning something good: London busses rule. They're reasonably fast, reasonably comfy, and the fare collectors are actually nice.... [read on...]

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 October 16, 2002 

Honor System Busses

BUDAPEST: Aside from traffic, the biggest cause of delay for a bus is the loading and unloading of passengers. Mainly, this is because everyone has to line up at the... [read on...]

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