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Design Your Own Fantasy Public Transport System With This Tool

For would-be Transportation Czars who have grander ideas for the buses and trains in your town, Transitmix helps you draw a fantasy transit system for your city that’s specific down to the block. And it’s got a bunch of real-world features that can help you calculate everything from ridership to operating costs.


A Subterranean Stroll Through NYC's Newest Train Tunnel

New York City’s new 2nd Avenue subway line is a construction project of truly monumental scale. Decades of planning and billions of dollars have led to the near-completion of Phase 1 of the tunnel running underneath Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Gizmodo was lucky enough to take a tour through a section of the caverns and passages that will soon be a bustling subway line.


Adorable Tokyo Metro Posters Remind Passengers To Be Polite

Since 1974, Tokyo’s Metro has created cute, quirky posters for their subway system to remind passengers of proper etiquette. Each fiscal year they roll out a new set of characters as the ambassadors of good manners, and for 2014 they have just revealed a new mascot (he’s the lion in the center poster).


What If Every Single Train Map Was Designed By The Same Person?

Transit maps are as unique as the cities they represent. To know Tokyo’s subway, you have to know the quirks of its subway map; to navigate New York City, you have to familiarise yourself with its mapping idiosyncrasies too. But what if design was standardised across every city in the world?


How The Persian Gulf Is Quietly Building A Railroad Empire

In the US, the arrival of a new tunnel boring machine is huge news, warranting naming ceremonies and Twitter accounts. Meanwhile, in Doha, officials have quietly signed a contract to buy 15 boring machines to build a sprawling new train system. And that’s nothing compared to the massive transit network being built to connect the rest of the Gulf states.


Ice Age Fossils Are Being Unearthed By L.A.'s Subway Construction

A 19-metre deep shaft being dug for Los Angeles’s newest subway line is filled with buried treasure. The so-called Subway to the Sea is still nine miles from the beach, but excavation has already revealed some creatures from the ocean floor…the prehistoric ocean floor!


This Simple Train Planning Game Will Be Your New Favourite Time-Waster

If you love the city-planning aspect of Sim City but can’t handle the pressure of playing God, then you may have just found your new favourite time-waster. Say hello to Mini Metro.


How Good Data Makes Public Transport Feel More Efficient -- Even When It's Not

I tried a little experiment the other day — and I’m not sure why I hadn’t tried it before. Before I walked to the bus stop to go into the city, I checked the real-time arrivals for my stop. It turned out the bus wasn’t coming for another 11 minutes, so I did the dishes first and only then left the house. The bus arrived when it said it would, and I was on my way.


8 Massive Tunnels Being Built Right Now

Now that we know it was an 20cm steel pipe that brought the world’s largest-diameter tunnelling machine to a halt up in Seattle, we can no longer fantasise about Bertha unearthing a five-storey-tall buried locomotive. But we can look at something almost as fascinating: The other giant holes that are currently being churned through the bedrock below our cities.


Meet Mum Chung, The Massive Machine Digging Tunnels Under San Francisco

Deep beneath the streets of San Francisco, Mum Chung is making her move. In July, the massive tunnel boring machine (TBM) started construction on the Central Subway, the city’s brand-spanking new subterranean transit line (ETA 2019).


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