Fifty years ago, another bus-centric race dispute took place
. Despite "Just 12 miles away in Bath, black crews were working on buses. London Transport recruitment officers had travelled to Barbados specifically to invite workers to come to the capital" ...non-whites found it impossible to obtain employment working on buses in Bristol, England. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore
on Aug 27, 2013 -
Darius McCollum was recently arrested in New York for stealing a Trailways bus. Evidently he drove the bus to a Manhattan hotel where he picked up a flight crew and drove them to JFK Airport. On the way back to a New Jersey bus depot, he was pulled over by the cops. This wasn't the first time Mr. McCollum was arrested while (unlawfully) transporting the public. In fact, it was the 29th time
. [more inside]
posted by mark7570
on Jul 17, 2013 -
More than just pictures of electric Brill, Flyer and Pullman buses, trolleybuses.net
has some great old street-level shots of many cities in North America.
posted by Pruitt-Igoe
on Mar 5, 2013 -
Every few minutes of the day, all over the capital, people gather into small groups to share the same space and fleeting moment in time... simply to wait for something routine and forgettable as a London bus. In transient, with time to kill, and often among strangers, each collection of these individuals proves completely unique from the next. Each collection provides a little insight into London's incredible diversity, how they relate to their surroundings, and each other. The very deliberate intention with By the Bus Stop
, was to capture those little moments which happen spontaneously, when the meeting of individuals is completely left to chance. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Nov 1, 2012 -
If you've ever wanted to know the history of each of Toronto's streetcar lines, how to identify different TTC subway trains, the chronology of Toronto's Christmas-painted buses, or really anything else you can think of (and more) about Toronto's transit system: Transit Toronto
is an unofficial but fantastically detailed site about the TTC. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque
on Jun 28, 2012 -
Ambient bus arrival monitor from hacked Linksys WRT54GL.
Transport for London has a wonderful service called Countdown
that can give live bus arrival times. For example, here's a page showing live buses passing No. 10 Downing St
. Underlying this is a simple JSON API that, while not public, seems to be usable by the average programmer. So with its details deciphered (hardly hard since the web site uses the API) John Graham-Cumming set about building an ambient bus monitor into a model London bus. The idea is to glance at the model bus and see the times of the next two real buses you're likely to want to catch, and know when to leave the house.
posted by netbros
on Mar 20, 2012 -
Seattle is only one of five cities in the United States with a trackless electric trolley bus
system. King County Metro operates 159 trolley buses on 14 routes that ply over 70 miles of trolley wire, and travel 2,906,297 miles annually
. Last year, Metro found
that operating new electric trolleys offered a superior financial scenario to new diesel buses. This is even before considering how much better a trolley performs on Seattle's steep hills, or how much less pollution it creates, being supplied by hydroelectric power. If you want to know a little more about how the system works, see some of the photos
posted by a King County bus operator known as VeloBusDriver
. Some of these photo sets explain the controls of an ETB
, the innards of an ETB
—so much cleaner than a diesel but so much more dangerous to poke around in—and aspects of how the trolley wire itself works
, including the "special work" necessary for tasks such switching routes
or traversing a drawbridge
posted by grouse
on Feb 9, 2012 -
Worcy Crawford ran the only bus company that would transport colored passengers in pre-Civil Rights Act Birmingham. Mr. Crawford recently passed away and now the buses sit in disrepair
posted by reenum
on Mar 21, 2011 -
Do you like video games? Have you ever wanted to comprehensively
reenact the daily life of a double-decker bus driver in 1985 West Berlin? Your prayers have finally been answered.
Aerosoft's impressive Omnibus Driving Simulator
allows you to take command of the venerable 1980s-vintage MAN SD200 and SD202 double-decker buses (in 20 authentic 1980s advertising liveries) along West Berlin's Omnibus Route 92, complete with an accurate simulation of all four production-runs of the SD200's transmission, drivetrain, climate control, and passenger information systems. If the SD202 doesn't cut it for you, or you want to escape the clutches of West Berlin, there's a comprehensive map editor and scripting engine
at your disposal. (via) [more inside]
posted by schmod
on Feb 22, 2011 -
SLYT There isn't really much else to say... a game, a city bus simulator game. Peaceful and scary...
posted by HuronBob
on Nov 21, 2009 -
uses GPS to tell you the predicted time of the next bus. Google maps show buses in real time, and you can get updates on your phone/PDA. The coverage is limited to certain agencies within the US, so these other sites might be useful: Hopstop
covers subways and buses in NYC, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, DC, and more. (mobile version
) Google Transit
has many US metro areas in addition to Canada, Europe, and Japan. (previously)
Many more locations inside. [more inside]
posted by desjardins
on Oct 21, 2008 -
Is this the end of the bus timetable?
It can be bloody cold in Helsinki in January. The last thing you want to do is hang around too long for a bus or tram. Soon you won't have to because Helsinki City Transport
is currently fitting *its entire fleet* with Linux servers. Not only will each bus or tram become a travelling wireless hotspot, but you will be able to see exactly where in the city your new bus actually is. Meaning that you only step into the bitter cold the minute before it arrives. (its in beta but you can see the effects of the live trial) [more inside]
posted by MrMerlot
on Jan 27, 2008 -
"NATURMOBIL is about to pioneer in the state-of-the-art, first ever advertising promotion by means of traveling around the world with the vehicle that is nature-friendly that preserves the welfare of the beings and the environment. NATURMOBIL will soon to be the byword in every household globally.
" If Fleethorse, LLC meets their modest goals, the world's first advertising-funded horse-powered
car will be followed by horse-powered buses and taxis
posted by ardgedee
on Nov 26, 2007 -
The first OzBus
last night. A latter day Magic Bus
, the new service will cover 15 000 miles in 12 weeks and cross 20 countries before reaching it's destination. Follow one pasenger's journey here
posted by brautigan
on Sep 17, 2007 -
Decorate a bus
with paint, stencils, and other graffiti. (Click the big red button, and then the paint bucket to get started. You'll figure out the drawing controls. Click the "All-around view" icon in the upper right to return from drawing and OK! to save it, if you like - give it a name, and you'll get a linkable URL.) Here's a gallery
posted by Wolfdog
on Jun 14, 2007 -
This is not resolved!
When a young man on a double decker bus in Hong Kong asked an older man to lower his voice whilst talking on the phone, the young man invariably became the receiving end of a torrent of half coherent phrase and insults about his mother. Naturally, you can watch it unfolding here since the entire event was captured by another passenger with his cell phone
This video has become one of the most viewed clips on youtube, spawning remixes, rap, reenactments, new school yard sayings, and yes, t-shirts
And they say youtube is just a site for narcissistic kids and tv show clips. NSFW if you have co-workers who can understand Cantonese. And it's not the subtitle's fault, this guy really does rant off for a bit.
posted by phyrewerx
on May 28, 2006 -
You're not from around here, are you?
On Tuesday in Wellesley, MA a kindergartener was put on the wrong bus to go home from afterschool care. The boy is black, and the bus is for the Metco program, which buses minority kids from Boston to suburban schools. Random mixup, or racial bias at work? Much hand-wringing ensues.
posted by serafinapekkala
on Sep 5, 2003 -