Archive for December, 2009

Free $2.25 Metrocards on New Years Eve

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Press Release

New York Times article

Teams of people representing CIROC, the “Official Vodka of New Year’s Eve” – and Sean “Diddy” Combs will distribute thousands of debit and MTA Metrocards to adult consumers (while supplies last) in New York City between 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Each debit card will provide up to $15.00 in cab fare – the approximate cost of a single taxicab fare within New York City. All MTA Metrocards are redeemable for a one-way subway or bus fare valued at $2.25.

First of all, $15 of cab fare will not take you any significant distance. If you’re taking a cab, you’re probably going further than just to the UWS or the UES or to Williamsburg. He should really be giving out $30 to $40 debit cards.

Second of all, what is this $2.25 Metrocard? Is it really just a normal green-on-white single ride Metrocard? Seems unlikely, since they normally expire within 2 hours. So will it be a normal pay-per-ride Metrocard? Will it be branded for the Vodka? If you get one, please let me know. And if it’s a special Metrocard and you want to let me have it when you’re done with it, that would be swell :)

A Bus Map for Jerusalem

Monday, December 14th, 2009

SatelliteJerusalemBus

Oren Hirsch created an amazing Jerusalem Bus Map using Google Maps. Check out the Jerusalem Bus Map and/or read all about it in this Jerusalem Post article!

When Oren Hirsch arrived in Israel last summer, he thought he would be spending a year working with the post-college World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) program, not tackling the capital’s entire transportation system.

And while Hirsch, a 23-year-old with a degree in urban planning from Cornell University, has been actively engaged in WUJS activities since his arrival, it has been an extracurricular activity – creating and posting a comprehensive Jerusalem city bus map online – that has earned him his accolades thus far.

But the key addition to the site came with Hirsch’s arrival in the capital in July and a subsequent recommendation from a friend that he try to create a map of the confusing web of Jerusalem’s myriad bus routes – a step that hasn’t been taken by Egged for over 10 years and one that is sorely needed in a city of more than 760,000 people.

Again, read the whole article HERE!