Guiding Pedestrians: HAWKs in the Lead, While Pelicans and Puffins Fall Behind
More and more cities are installing hawks -- high-intensity activated crosswalks -- in an attempt to make their streets safer for pedestrians. Photo via wolfpix.
A few weeks ago, we published a post featuring a few ornothologically inspired pedestrian crosswalks, including pelicans, puffins, toucans, and HAWKs. Which is best for pedestrians, we wondered?
Disabled Passengers Plan to Sue in NYC
Disabled Passengers Plan to Sue in NYC
As WNYC reported this morning, disabled New Yorkers are preparing to file several “disparate impact discrimination” claims against the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) over its recent transit cuts, which have hit the city’s less fortunate the hardest. Over a month ...
Where’s the World’s Most Painful Commute?
IBM's Commuter Pain Index measures the emotional and economic toll of commuting in each city, from one to 100; Beijing had the most painful commute, and Stockholm the least. Image via IBM.
As we first reported in TheCityFix Picks, IBM recently released its first ever Commuter Pain Study. The study found that commuters in Beijing have the world’s most painful commute, and commuters in Stockholm, the least. Melbourne, Houston, and New York City ...
TheCityFix Picks, August 6: Commuter Pain, Summer Streets, Cities as Solutions
Stockholm has the "least painful" commute, according to a new IBM study. Photo by zeraien.
Welcome back to TheCityFix Picks, our series highlighting the newsy and noteworthy of the past week. Each Friday, we’ll run down the headlines falling under TheCityFix’s five themes: mobility, quality of life, environment, public space, and technology and innovation. Mobility ...
MetroAccess "No Strand" Policy Wins, for Now
MetroAccess has reinstated a "no strand" policy, allowing riders who cannot pay to board anyway. Image via infosnackhq.
On August 1, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) wrote a memo to all MetroAccess drivers telling them to stop picking up anyone who could not pay the full fare, starting on Monday. Now, just four days later, WMATA ...
DCRider: New Transit App for the Masses
The new DC Rider app for iPhone lets riders check the latest news from Metro. Image via iTunes.
Last week, the Washington Post Co. released a new public transit iPhone app, DCRider. (If you don’t have an iPhone, you can also use DCRider on your computer: http://www.expressnightout.com/dcrider.) The free app features: Train times and Metro alerts: Find out ...
Where's the World's Most Painful Commute?
As we first reported in TheCityFix Picks, IBM recently released its first ever Commuter Pain Study. The study found that commuters in Beijing have the world’s most painful commute, and commuters in Stockholm, the least. Melbourne, Houston, and New York City ...
Friday Fun: Chinese Solution to Transit
The "Straddling Bus" that can drive over cars is the newest Chinese solution to traffic. Image via Huffington Post.
Why is this Friday Fun? Because we think it’s kind of a joke! Engadget reported earlier this week on plans for a new Chinese bus that drives over cars, saying the idea for “huge friggin’ buses engulfing smaller cars … actually makes ...
Mumbai through the Monsoon: Embracing the Rains
A recent increase in rains is good news for farmers but bad news for Mumbaikers on the move. Image via Reuters.
According to Reuters India, monsoon rains were about 3 percent above normal in July — the highest level for the month since 2005.  This is good news for rural farmers, and the city-dwellers who rely on rain for their food. ...
Will Los Angeles Revolutionize U.S. Urban Transit Funding?
30/10 projects include a much-awaited extension of the Purple Line subway to the west side - the "subway to the sea." Image via TheTransportPolitic.
“We can’t wait because traffic is unbelievable and the environmental problem is too severe.” – Denny Zane, Director of MoveLA On Friday, we wrote about value capture strategies as a form of alternative funding for struggling public transit agencies around ...