Tag Archives: public transportation

The law of Boston infrastructure: build five to keep four

Staring at the MBTA map and letting my mind wander while waiting for the train, I noticed a repeated pattern of 4/5. There were five Green line branches, but only four survive today with the obvious gap at the start of the sequence B, C, D, E.  I guess if the E line had been…
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Annals of almost greatness: commuter rail tickets by mobile

Thanks to the alert folks at Universahub, I found out yesterday that you can buy Mass Bay Commuter Rail tickets with a mobile app on your iPhone or Android thingus, at least for the North side lines for now.  Naturally, I had to try it.  After all, I've got $6.44 left in my transit FSA…
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Atheists put their faith in outdoor advertising

The folks who think the bible is a fairy tale have come up with their own stranger than fiction scenario.  The British Humanist Association has raised over 100,000 pounds (far in excess of their original goal of 5,500) to fund something called the Atheist Bus Campaign which will buy ad space on London buses proclaiming,…
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Boston Blogs + Unmapped Boston = The Map With Two Backs?

Let me call to your attention two excellent maps that in my humble opinion should make sweet cartographic love and spawn a mashup of some sort. This confluence of maps, blogs and public transportation has got the limeduck quacking loudly. First up, Boston Blogs' map of Boston blog by T stop. Still in beta, this…
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Notes from the Underground: the answer should be 17.39, but it's not

As you may know, the MTA in New York recently restructured fares.  They raised the price of monthly and weekly passes and altered the discount structure for buying stored-value cards, but kept the base fare the same at $2.00. It used to be that if you put at least $10 on a metrocard, you'd get a 20% bonus…
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Attention public transit riders

I am back on the system. Please clean up your act. But seriously folks, I took a bus to work and a train back today, and despite all the petty annoyances, it felt great. I'm sure I'll fall back into rail rage sooner or later, but if I can find that article I once read…
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The Magical Global Subway Connection

It was my first semester away at college in a small Connecticut town. A group of other freshmen were talking about going down the hill into town and I heard the word "subway" in the conversation. "There's a subway in this town?" I asked incredulous and at the same time hopeful - I had no…
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The Star Ferry

I'm a big fan of public transportation, and one of my favorite examples is the Star Ferry that links Hong Kong island with the Kowloon Peninsula. For a fare of HK$2.20 (about 20 US cents!) you get fast transportation and amazing views. I take it every chance I get. I shot mostly film on my…
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