Fun transit stuff
1. I am definitely into maps and other travel ephemera, especially in how it communicates about the development of the automobility system. (I use the example of creating this system when I discuss how sustainable mobility, especially biking, needs to be supported in an equivalent way.)
Right now I am in the midst of a "long term" project of collecting maps, postcards and related materials that illustrate how the "Recreational Auto Era" was developed through the creation of a support system (motels, service stations, maps, connected routes such as turnpikes, tourist information, etc.) for driving medium and long distances, and the transition from this period to what Muller calls the Metropolitan City as well as the Interstate Highway system.
a great feature on designer Kate Farley, and her collection of UK maps, London Transport especially.
2. In the last week, I've scored 1942, 1950, and 1962 maps of the Capital Transit system/DC Transit system. (I already have 1954 and 1960ish maps.) Even looking at them briefly, they've provided some insight into testimony I hope to submit with regard to NCPC's draft Visitor and Commemoration Element. (Public comments due by 3/15/2013.)
3. Speaking of visitor transportation systems, for the National Park Service visitor transportation study conducted starting around 2003, the Volpe Transportation Center did a report for NPS on visitor transportation systems in Boston, Orlando, London, Philadelphia, and Savannah. This is also worth looking at in relation to NCPC's draft Visitor and Commemoration Element.
4. CNN has a feature on the best Metro systems in the world, "What are the world's best metro systems?."
5. ... and the best Metro stations in Europe ("Europe's most beautiful metro stations: From minimalist to ornate, innovative to wacky, these subterranean gems invite commuters to linger"). Although the Daily Telegraph has its own list as well, "The most impressive underground railway stations in Europe."
Going Underground" and "The London Underground celebrates 100 years" from the Daily Telegraph. (There are links to other articles within each piece.)
There are many great books on the London Transport system and UK railroads and the development of their pathbreaking marketing and design programs. One such book is London Transport Posters: A Century of Art and Design, which has a great set of chapters and lots of cites to older publications (which someday I hope to get around to reading).
7. The American Public Transportation Association picked SEPTA of Greater Philadelphia as the best public transit system in 2012 and the Philadelphia Inquirer has a good article about the transformation of the system over the past 10 years, "How Philadelphia's Transit System Became the Best."
8. Governing Magazine has some good stories, "When Will the U.S. Build Another Subway?," "Top Reasons People Stop Using Public Transit" and "Seoul's Transit System Serves as a Model for America."
9. I already mentioned that this month is the 100th anniversary of Grand Central Station.