Posts Tagged ‘transit’

The Most Recognizable Voice in New York

October 20, 2021

The most recognizable voice in the Big Apple, the one that tells you to “stand clear of the closing doors” in the subway, is that of Charlie Pellett. A New Yorker video.

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Doors Closing

September 17, 2021

Subway car door closing annoucements from around the world, including New York City, New Jersey, Boston, Denver, San Francisco, San Diego, Portland and Seattle, Vancouver BC, London, and Tokyo. Video by Olton Hall.

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Infrastructure Week on Sesame Street

August 20, 2021

“Subway,” written by Sam Pottle, with lyrics by Grace Hawthorne, from Sesame Street, 1974. The visuals are pretty fuzzy, but so are the singing Muppets …. Youngsters: a “token” was a coin-like item used to access mass transit for a single ride.

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The NYC Subway Was Saved By A Typeface

June 9, 2021

The New York City subway system was saved by the Helvetica font, claims Christine Beldon on Cheddar.

More:

“How the NYC Subway Was Saved By a Typeface,” Christine Beldon and Lawrence Banton, Cheddar

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Gotta Drive. Why?

March 10, 2021

If they want to work, shop for groceries, or visit, most Americans have to drive. Why? Laura Bult explores. A Vox video.

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Escalators: Walk or Stand?

March 18, 2019

JR East, the East Japan Railway Company, wants Tokyo commuters to stand on both sides of station escalators instead of reserving one side for impatient people who want to walk. A study found that most escalator accidents happen when walkers stumble over luggage or run and slip, so the all-standing policy is safer and more efficient.

Good luck with that. The policy was tried in Hong KongLondon’s underground and DC’s Metro, but it didn’t go over well. Standing to one side on escalators and walking on the other is too firmly embedded in urban behavior. In Washington, there’s even a song about it:

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My Metrocard

December 16, 2018

“My Metrocard” by Franchesca Ramsey and friends, 2009. Remake of the 1999 Le Tigre song “My My Metrocard.”

Franchesca Ramsey website

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The M.T.A. Workout

August 15, 2018

“Welcome to the new M.T.A.: Metropolitan Transit Athletics! Grab a towel, swipe your MetroCard, and get ready to sweat. Daily membership costs only $2.75.”

“The M.T.A. Workout,” a fitness plan by The New Yorker.

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How Did New York Subways Get so Bad?

May 30, 2018

How did New York City subways get so bad? Politics. A New York Times video.

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Get Out (The Streetcar Song)

March 24, 2018

“Get Out.” Kemet the Phantom and The Pharoahs on the Kansas City Streetcar. Video directed by Brandon Bender.

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More:

“Kemet the Phantom: The ‘spirit and soul’ of Kansas City,” Toriano Porter, Kansas City Star

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