The Pros & Cons Of These Helpful-But-Illegal Subway Signs

The Pros & Cons Of These Helpful-But-Illegal Subway Signs

If you’ve ever been a regular user of mass transit, you quickly come to learn exactly where to stand when waiting for a train, subway, trolley, tram, monorail, etc., so that you can get off in just the right spot to swiftly exit the station, or make your transfer. Nowhere is this more true in the U.S. than New York City, where some commuters guard the secrets of the subway like treasured family heirlooms. That’s why a new effort to share this sort of information with everyone is both helpful and problematic. [More]

Atlanta Deploys Urine Detectors To Curb Scourge Of Peed-In Elevators

Are people holding it in because of the actual pee alarm, or just because there is a sign about a pee alarm? (WSB-TV)

Who knew that the elevators in Atlanta’s MARTA rail stations had become a haven for those in need of a semi-private place to relieve their aching bladders? Obviously the people who have complained enough about the problem to convince the Rapid Transit Authority to deploy a urine-detection system. [More]

Rising Gas Prices Sending More To Ride The Rails & Take Buses

Rising Gas Prices Sending More To Ride The Rails & Take Buses

While the price of gas soars higher every week, Americans are taking to mass transit to ease the burden that fuel is inflicting on their bank accounts. A new report says ridership on trains and buses is at one of the highest levels in decades. [More]

Senator Proposes "No-Ride List" For Amtrak

Senator Proposes "No-Ride List" For Amtrak

Apparently the only way for a terrorist to plant a bomb on any of the thousands and thousands miles of completely unsecured railroad track in this country is to actually be a passenger on a train — specifically an Amtrak train. Thus, Senator Chuck Schumer of NY has figured out a way to keep our entire rail system safe: A “no-ride list.” [More]

NYC Transit Fares Increase As Service Continues To Decrease

NYC Transit Fares Increase As Service Continues To Decrease

Life in New York City has just gotten a little more expensive, as the MTA board has voted to increase fares on subways, buses and commuter trains for the third time in two years, all while cutting bus routes, train service and laying off thousands of employees. [More]

http://consumerist.com/2008/02/08/usatoday-asks-could-taking-public/

USAToday asks: Could taking public transportation help you lose weight? Probably, but if you live in Chicago you’ll be thin and broke after you lose your job for being late 10 times in two weeks. [USAToday]