NYC Subways

I found this short video on how to get around the New York subway system useful.

  • 472 stations
  • 675 miles of track
  • 5.5 million daily riders (pre-covid)

Express v. Local – usually the local train will be up against the wall, express trains on the inside

Uptown v. Downtown – if you’re getting on the train on a local stop, make sure you’re going down the right side. Trains follow traffic on the avenues so downtown trains will be on the right of the road if you face downtown. Brooklyn-bound trains are going downtown, Bronx-bound trains go uptown.

Price v. Practicality – unlimited metro cards (week or monthly) are most cost-effective but per-use cards can be shared among people. You can use the metro card to take the Roosevelt Island tram and the Staten Island ferry is free.

The new MTA realtime map is pretty cool.

Trikala’s Magic Bus

While driverless trucks, taxis, and race cars have been all the rage this past week, little ol’ Greece has been quietly running a trial for the past six months of their driverless bus system. The town of Trikala, Greece has been running the trial since November of last year and it seems to be serving this town of 130,000 just fine thank you very much.

The bus pokes along on a dedicated 2.4 km track at around 10 mph and doesn’t have too much in the way of smarts. If someone parks in it’s way, it doesn’t have algorithms that help it swerve around the obstacle, it just waits. This is the Mediterranean after all, you might as well sit back and enjoy the company.

via Boing Boing