Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Google tells you if your bus is going to be late... Thanks Google

This looks like it could be a pretty useful, cool feature. They need to expand it to more cities, but it is definitely a start! Thank you Google!

from Mashable.

and coverage from Fast Company.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Expo Line Train Test

Metro tested the rails today for the Subway to the Sea. The Train Cowboy cycled over to take a look! (but this video was shot by LA Metro.)

Pretty cool stuff, and progress on the train line that no one thought could be built!

This line will be a welcome addition for many reasons, one of them paradoxical. Anyone who has commuted in LA will tell you that the largest volume of traffic moves from downtown, westward on the 10 freeway, to the westside. This is kind of different from most cities, where the traffic moves INTO downtown... Ahh, Los Angeles has to be different!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

the Super Bowl!

Tomorrow is the Super Bowl! Your Train Cowboy does not always watch football, but his hot girlfriend has invited him to a Super Bowl party, so he will be happily making guacamole and eating bbq tomorrow.

The Super Bowl brings up a major point of discussion, one that has been touched on before in this blog, the need for good public transportation to service large public events.

Here is a good article on the PubTrans situation for the big game tomorrow in Dallas.

I am sad to hear that DART is not actually adding extra trains. The DFW area is not particularly great for public transportation. This brings up the point that most traditional, warm weather Super Bowl locations are not very good public transportation cities.

In 2014 the Super Bowl will head to New York City/New Jersey, to the Meadowlands Stadium. At present that stadium is only served by a shuttle service, but the Train Cowboy really hopes that a full rail stop to the stadium will be added.

Of course the problem for a football stadium, as opposed to baseball and basketball stadiums, is that football stadiums are only used once or twice a week at the most, so building the train lines is a tougher call. To me, the trick is to plan out your train lines so that they go by a stadium, but continue on past, so that others are served by the line as well as the stadium goers.

Alright, this is not normally my area of expertise, but it seems every Super Bowl column must include a "pick"... Packers 35, Steelers 27

Monday, January 10, 2011

Thoughts on the BCS Title Game mass transit options available

So, the BCS title game is going on, and your blogger has one ear on the radio, but I cannot help thinking about something. I've mentioned in past posts how great using mass transit is for big events (sports, concerts, demonstrations... etc). In a way, mass transit is almost made for big events... which brings me to the BCS Title Game.

The BCS Title game is played in rotating warm weather locations (Miami, New Orleans, Phoenix, Los Angeles). While the events are beautiful and well run, they are pathetic from a mass trans standpoint. Perhaps this is a feature of the host cities, which, with the exception of New Orleans, are sprawling extended suburb cities. Don't get me wrong, these are great cities, but they are not particularly great for mass trans.

I would like to see the BCS try having their title game in a city with good mass transportation for once... I bet they would find the people movement of the game a LOT easier! Atlanta, Houston and Seattle all seem like a pretty good (warm weather) option if you ask this Cowboy!