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Watch This Apocalyptic Timelapse Of The DC Metro Flood

Yesterday, a DC subway station turned into a surprise water park ride. It wasn’t a huge deal — the station was closed for a few hours, the water drained and service went back to normal — but it certainly looked like it. Seeing a timelapse of the whole thing from the station’s entrance shows how this happened.

DC's Metro Should Probably Just Take A Few Months Off

Washington DC’s subway is scheduled to be shut down for an extended period of time to deal with a slew of deferred maintenance. But after today’s service problem — literal waterfalls in one station — maybe DC’s Metro needs a holiday sooner than that.

You Could Pay Your Public Transport Fare With A Tap Of Your Phone

It’s a dream of busy transit riders to be able to quickly and conveniently pay fares with the one thing that we always seem to have handy — our phones. In today’s Android Pay demo at Google I/O, we got to see the reality that Tube-riding Londoners will soon experience.

The Weird Way That Standing (Not Walking) On Escalators Helps Move People More Quickly

It’s the golden rule of crowded escalators: Stand on one side, walk on the other. But passengers taking the escalator in one of London’s busiest tube stations were recently confronted with a weird rule: Everyone must stand. Officials claim it will make stations run more efficiently. But how?

A Simple Map Shows Just How Shitty The NYC Subway System Is For People Using Wheelchairs 

It’s hard enough for most of us to get to work on time using the subway — but imagine if you only had access to less than 20 per cent of stations. That’s the reality for wheelchair users in New York, for whom getting around the city is sometimes a near-impossible task.

London Underground Is Trialling Regenerative Braking To Help Power Trains

London Underground has been experimenting with a new system which recovers energy lost by braking trains, and it could save the subway system an impressive 5 percent on its energy bills.

A New Algorithm Can Predict Train Delays Two Hours Before They Happen

You probably check the weather forecast before you head out the door, but soon you might be able to check the subway forecast as well. Mathematicians in Sweden have developed a new algorithm that can predict when trains will be delayed, letting commuters avoid delays and better plan their travel.

Japan Uses Cameras On Train Platforms To Spot (And Save) Drunk People

Here in New York City, subway security is on the prowl for crooks, would-be terrorists, and other unsavoury characters. But in Japan, security cameras are used to detect a totally different type of passenger: Wasted people. And it’s for their own good.

The Simple Trick Subway Dispatchers Use To Get Service Back On Track

Sometimes it feels like all mass transit systems do is apologise for running behind schedule. New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority decided to create this video explainer for exactly why you were waiting so long for the L this morning. And they did it in with cute 8-bit graphics.

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