Archive for the ‘Light Rail’ Category

Take Transit to the Steelers Super Bowl XLIII Victory Parade

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

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The Pittsburgh Steelers just won the Super Bowl, so what are you going to do??? RIDE TRANSIT! Yes, the mayor of Pittsburgh urges everyone to take transit to today’s parade. But will the buses and light rail trains be able to handle it?

Unfortunately, the Port Authority offers no specific information on their website about how to best travel to the parade, except to say that many bus routes will be detoured and will experience delays. There’s no mention of extra service, best routes, or best stops to use.

In light of what happened in Philadelphia when everyone tried to take SEPTA to the Phillies parade, and in light of general increased transit usage and recent decreased bus service (IINM) in the Pittsburgh area, I hope the Port Authority pulls through.

Having visited Pittsburgh two years ago, and being partial to rail-based transit, I can say that they have a really nice light rail system (with downtown subway section), but it is only a shadow of what Pittsburgh’s trolley system once was. All those abandoned rail lines would have come in handy now (and every day, for that matter). Fortunately, Pittsburgh has innovative busways (dedicated roadways just for buses) that are better than nothing.

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She’s not wearing any pants!

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

This public transit gem comes from The Salt Lake Tribune:

Pantsless woman really a fashion victim
10/28/2008 :: A woman was yanked from a TRAX train Monday morning after fellow riders reported that she was not wearing any pants. Utah Transit Authority officers asked the woman to get off the train at about 7:30 a.m. at the 5400 South station in Murray. After they spoke with the woman, they realized she was wearing a micro miniskirt. Her jacket covered the skirt, leading fellow riders to believe she was not wearing anything beneath her waist, said UTA spokeswoman Carrie Bohnsack-Ware. After officers interviewed the woman, they let her get back on the train and continue her ride.