After all the setup and anticipation, I was really chomping at the bit to try out car2go for the first time. My first drive came one day when I was down along Main Street near King Edward. The weather was kind of overcast and rain was imminent. I had been sitting in an air-conditioned Blenz Coffee (who turns on AC on such a rainy and … Continue reading my car2go experience thus far – part 2
Hi everyone. It looks like this will be car2go week on the metrobabel blog. Enjoy! When car2go Vancouver rolled out, I really wanted to sign up. My wife and I are a one-car couple, but sometimes I need access to a car for work or errands. I already have access to the modo coop cars, but I thought the idea of car2go was different enough … Continue reading my car2go experience thus far – part 1
Our Cascadian neighbours in the Emerald City have been dealing recently with some major transportation issues. In question is the funding of transit and road costs through a car tab. A car tab sounds similar to the idea of a vehicle levy put forth by TransLink and the Metro Vancouver mayors. Each car in Seattle basically has to pay an annual amount that goes towards … Continue reading Seattle’s Car Tab – springboard for Vancouver’s Vehicle Levy?
I must admit that I’m a map maniac. Even my friends in Toronto realized after living only a few months in Toronto. Probably because they noticed that pasted laminated copies of the New York Subway system, the TTC, and TransLink on my walls. The Vancouver Sun has been posting up a lot of map eye-candy the past few weeks. Their Metro Vancouver Mapped series is … Continue reading Census Data Mapped for Metro Vancouver
Here’s a fun not-so-little graphic from the folks at GOOD. It takes the top five rapid transit systems in the US and compares them to five of the most well-known metro systems in the world. The American systems have comparable miles of track laid, but don’t have the ridership of other systems worldwide. It just seems that systems in the US are not able to … Continue reading Fun Subways/Metros of the World Graphic
Colossal Art & Design posted a neat selection of photos by one AppuruPai. These are photos taken aboard the Yurikamome Line in Tokyo. I’ve had the pleasure of riding this rubber-tired form of rapid transit from the man-made island of Odaiba in Tokyo Bay to Shimbashi, one of Tokyo’s many machi. You can read about my experience with it under a previous post. It’s great … Continue reading Tokyo’s Yurikamome line in motion
This isn’t news at the moment. The US economy taking a major plunge and dragging down all the world’s markets is. However, this is a powder keg hiding in the corner of the room that could affect all of us one day. I was talking to a neighbour over the weekend about the tanking US economy and it reminded him of this video he had … Continue reading China’s Ghost Cities