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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Making Public Transportation Sexy


The wonderful blog Community Architect recently addressed the theme of sexiness and public transportation.

It begins:

Are There Easy Fixes to Make Transit Cool?

Transit and "cool" would not have been used in the same breath until recently. Lately, though, getting around in "share mode" has, indeed, become cool and many cities boast cool transit innovations. Here a short sampler:

Cool transit exists

Copenhagen's subway glides driverless through the tunnels of the Danish capital and the tracks are separated from the platform with glass doors as we know it from airport shuttles. The Hongkong metro has glass walls on the platforms as well plus 3G coverage in tunnels and an "Octapus" smart card that can be used for transit fare, fast food and parking meters...

To read the entire article, click here.

Our wish list in Kyoto for making public transportation here "sexy" would be light rail. Bring back the old trolley lines that criss-crossed the city from the late 19th century until 1978.

The replacement for the trolleys were buses, which are smelly, slow, and except on routes into the hills not as good an option as light rail.


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