Beautiful New Website Explores 100 Years of Grand Central's History

New York's Grand Central Terminal is one of the country's largest and busiest public transit structures, and now it has a new website that honors its outsize legacy. Based on the Grand by Design exhibition that was on display at the station last year, the website includes historical documents, videos, stories, and… » 2/16/14 2:00pm 2/16/14 2:00pm

These Geographically Accurate Subway Maps Reveal Where Trains Really Go

It's no secret that subway maps are mere approximations of geography. Designed for maximum readability, they map the subway system onto stylized curves and evenly spaced stops. Still, the images of these familiar maps distorted by geographic accuracy are more striking than I even imagined. » 1/31/14 10:00am 1/31/14 10:00am

This animated GIF perfectly sums up why no one should ever drive a car

It's not complicated, really. Public transportation makes more sense than driving. Why? Because driving is an inefficient use of resources. Because driving is soul sucking. Because we can fit an unbelievable number of drivers and would-be cars into one bus. This animated GIF reveals the basic mathematics of it all:… » 11/19/13 7:22pm 11/19/13 7:22pm

Here's How Google Installed a Monorail in Its Australian Offices

Do you ever joke around with your coworkers about how cool it would be to build desks out of old cars or have meetings on a houseboat? Maybe not, but if you work at Google, you might want to start—because they might actually make your weird office dreams a reality. » 10/10/13 1:40pm 10/10/13 1:40pm

Adelaide's Solar Buses Could Be the World's Greenest Public Transports

Australia has wholeheartedly embraced solar power over the last few years, with usage exploding 10-fold between 2009 and 2011 and the price per watt falling to less than half that of grid power. Now, the southern Australian city of Adelaide is taking the unprecedented step of powering its public transit system solely… » 9/17/13 11:40am 9/17/13 11:40am

Google Maps Mercifully Now Shows NYC Subway Alerts

Google wants to relieve New Yorkers of one of the Subway's biggest annoyances: Planned service changes you didn't know about. Now, whenever you click on a Subway station in Google Maps, the information box that pops up will display detailed service advisories like the ones the MTA posts on its website and in stations.… » 7/31/12 10:20am 7/31/12 10:20am

Bus Stop Swing Set: A Public Transportation Playground

The idea of making public spaces more playful is the brainchild of artist Bruno Taylor. In this project, he modified several London bus stops with swings to brighten the day of busy commuters. Never mind the smell, the noise, or that dude rubbing up against you-a swing set at the bus stop would melt away all of the… » 8/19/08 7:00pm 8/19/08 7:00pm

NYC Makes Buses Hijack Proof With Remote Controlled Device

Let's say someone put a bomb on your bus and it can't go below 50 mph or it will explode. If that were to happen on a NYC bus you would probably be incinerated because the city has installed a new GPS device in thousands of local commuter and tourist buses. If the authorities get wind of a hijacking in progress, they… » 6/10/08 5:15pm 6/10/08 5:15pm

Google Maps For Mobile 2.2 Saves Gas With Bus and Train Directions

The new version of Google Maps for Mobile (2.2) is offering public transportation directions "in all of the same places as the web version of Google Maps, including Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Vancouver, and over 40 other cities in North America." Users will also be able to easily browse through all… » 6/05/08 8:20pm 6/05/08 8:20pm

Excubo Sleeping Jacket: For Those Brave Enough To Sleep On the Subway

Should, for some reason, you choose to sleep on public transportation, you'll appreciate this weird jacket thing that recently won an industrial design competition. Dubbed the Excubo, the jacket has a what I can only describe as a really big popped collar that's used to cushion and hold in place the wearer's neck. Mr.… » 2/26/07 7:15am 2/26/07 7:15am