Surfboards vs. bikes on subway cars
According to the Washington Post ("Metro designs an uplifting ride") the design for the new subway cars for the WMATA system won't incorporate bike hooks.
IN an Australian first surfboard racks have been specially designed to cater to Gold Coast surfers wanting to ride the city's new Rapid Transit system.
Premier Anna Bligh told the Bulletin exclusively yesterday that a group of Gold Coast locals who are part of GoldLinQ, the new company announced to build and run the system had felt the rare design was needed to cater to the city's large surfing culture.
The news has been given the ultimate tick of approval by the surfing industry, who believe it will attract more people to our beaches and relieve parking congestion.
The light rail cars will be from the Flexity 7 line produced by Bombardier.
I still think that new WMATA subway cars should be built with four doors, which would reduce the number of seats somewhat, to speed exit and entry onto the trains, which is important at the core stations such as Union Station, Metro Center, Gallery Place, in particular.
Some of the lines of the New York City subway have 4-door cars.
NYC R160 subway car, with four doors, from the NYC Subway website. Photo by Peter Ehrlich.