Category Archives: Public Transit

Shapes

Suburban Geometry

Recently, and likely because I’ve been re-reading Jane Jacob’s famous city planning book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, I’ve been thinking a lot about city planning and layout. In particular, I have been thinking about how the geometry of certain neighborhoods affects transit’s ability to be effective. This is not a new idea, Jarrett Walker often

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The Unpredictable Bus – Part IV: Pick a Stop, any Stop

This is the fourth post in a series that attempts to tackle the issue that “my bus is never on time!”. I recommend you read the first, second, and third posts before this one, as there may be some references to the ideas discussed there. Last time we discovered just how much passengers can cause instability in the movement of buses at

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Improve Your Signs: Using the C-Train as a Guinea Pig

Calgary Transit has recently changed the look of their digital signs that adorn every LRT station platform. My understanding is that the responsibility for these signs has shifted over to the signals and switches department. Anecdotally, I can attest that the accuracy of the real-time information has improved. This is key for a good transit

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