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... [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... [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... [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... [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... [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... [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... [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... [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... [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... [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.... [read on...]

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