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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: When a Gazillion Means Less Than One

@awudrick Instead of naming a gazillion, I'd enjoy one example from Canada or western USA. — Saskboy K. (@saskboy) December 1, 2015 @awudrick because it's a huge geographic area, and if it cannot work in Canada, or geographically similar western USA, why Sask? — Saskboy K. (@saskboy) December 1, 2015 I’ll update this blog post […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: When a Gazillion Means Less Than One

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: If You Don’t Like Canada…

Comments from CBC story, discussing the U-Pass at the University of Regina:

Corruptable writes:

forcing someone to pay for a bus pass they will not use is ludicrous. she would force everyone to pay for a parking spot that only some will use…

blue cheese responds:

@Corruptable like getting taxed for schools when we . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: If You Don’t Like Canada…

Things Are Good: Lose Weight by Taking the Bus

Obesity is a health problem in North America and this is due to modern lifestyle choices. One choice is to live far from work and commute using a car (this has led to environmental problems in addition to health problems) which means that people physically move less than before. Some new research now points out . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Lose Weight by Taking the Bus

Things Are Good: A Call to Think Bigger About Transit

The way we get around in North America is changing from a work-home orientation to a node based network with multiple destinations. At first cars were used to fulfil this but as traffic worsens we need to rethink how we all get around. The solution, of course, is to kick the addiction to owning cars.

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Aaron Manton: POLL: Ontario Election – Who Has the Best Bus?

Will Kathleen Wynne’s steady hands stay at 10 and 2? How many of Tim Hudak’s million jobs are for designing bus wrap slogans? What’s the insurance rate for Andrea Horwath’s campaign vehicle? Transportation, already a prominent issue in the 2014 provincial election, intersects with many aspects of politics, policy, and campaigning. With that in mind, . . . → Read More: Aaron Manton: POLL: Ontario Election – Who Has the Best Bus?

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Saskatoon Shiners #exploresk

Saskatoon is a beautiful city, so don’t let these photos fool you. Every city has a few shiners here and there. “There”, in this case, is downtown. This is the Holiday Inn Supermax Prison. Don’t worry, it only looks like a prison from the outside. You can leave, unlike the more picturesque Hotel California.

Here’s . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Saskatoon Shiners #exploresk

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Bus-Taker’s Guide To The Galaxy

I helped invent and host a city bus tour to a movie theatre from the Riddell Centre on Tuesday evening. It went very well, even though our bus was 20 minutes late when first leaving. The weather was astoundingly perfect, and the ten people who went all seemed to enjoy the evening very much. I . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Bus-Taker’s Guide To The Galaxy

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Groceries Gone

The people in the green circle are entering a Food Desert in September, as Sobeys is opting to close the Lakeshore store on 23rd Ave. There will be no grocery store within walking distance for thousands of people. Bus service, limited as it is, is highlighted for the region.

I’ve heard that a developer . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Groceries Gone

Walking Turcot Yards: Verdun, April 12, 2013

Can only remember this much snow a couple of times in my life this far into April and probably only in the last 15 years or so. My father was born on April 22 and he always said that his father claimed there was still snow in the backyard the day he was born. My . . . → Read More: Walking Turcot Yards: Verdun, April 12, 2013

Things Are Good: Wirelessly Charging Electric Buses to be Tested

The city of Mannheim will be testing a new kind of electric bus which can be charged wirelessly. Bombardier, who makes the buses, is hoping to prove that using electric buses can be cheaper and more efficient than current models. Every time the bus stops to pickup or drop off passengers a device beneath the . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Wirelessly Charging Electric Buses to be Tested

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Regina Transit Petition

Regina Transit is planning to rearrange existing service to provide a few efficiencies. I see that more investment is needed to make significant improvements that transit riders have been requesting for well over a decade already. As Regina is growing, we’re reaching the limit our streets and parking lots can take, and it’s showing up . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Regina Transit Petition

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Solar Tour

On the weekend I had a fantastic tour of the Regina area, along with my parents, seeing the sights highlighted by conversions to solar energy. Solar PV, and active and passive solar heating were demonstrated in locations adjacent to the General Hospital, Shannon Road in south Regina (part of where I’m running to be . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Solar Tour

LeDaro: Rosa Parks, Bus, Barack Obama and Civil Rights Movement

Ed Shultz of MSNBC had a nice coverage of Barack Obama sitting on the seat of the bus where Rosa Parks sat and refused to vacate the seat for a white woman. Ms. Parks’ actions provided a great momentum to the civil rights movement.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Rosa Parks, Bus, Barack Obama and Civil Rights Movement

knitnut.net: The fusses on the buses

Things have been a little crazy on the city buses lately.

First there was the driver who was videotaped shouting, swearing and intimidating the student. (If you haven’t seen that video yet, here it is).

Then there was the driver of the #5 who, when challenged by a frustrated customer for arriving 40 . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: The fusses on the buses

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Transit Is For Suckers

If there’s one lesson Canadians can learn from the latest Stats Can study into public transit, it’s that losers take the bus. A whopping 82% of commuters know that the fastest way to get to work is by private automobile, preferably an SUV, and 12% of Canadians don’t agree. This makes the “12 percenter” Canadians […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Transit Is For Suckers

ALTAVISTAGOOGLE: Dubai Metro at 763km/hr !

This is the most awesome video ever (assuming you are a public transportation geek and tired of looking at people)! A while back I embeded some other cool public transportation videos, but Google Video closed down! Perhaps that is the best feature of a subway: relative permanency. This is what can happen when you don’t build a subway (Detroit only has a uni-directional people mover). 🙂 . . . → Read More: ALTAVISTAGOOGLE: Dubai Metro at 763km/hr !

ALTAVISTAGOOGLE: Ottawa light rail tunnel: a 1.2 billion dollar mistake

Dear citizens of Ottawa, The transit tunnel under downtown, and the conversion of much of the transitway to light rail, is a costly mistake. Here is why: Demand -Has the federal government said they are going to hire a bunch of new people downtown? At Tunney’s Pasture? No. The Trudeau-Mulroney days are over people. Many civil servants will retire, they wont be replaced. And in this age of . . . → Read More: ALTAVISTAGOOGLE: Ottawa light rail tunnel: a 1.2 billion dollar mistake

Things Are Good: A Look at European Transit Planning

The New York Times has a good article about the differences between traffic planning in the USA and Europe. The article shows ways that European cities move people more efficiently by supporting mass transit and sustainable transit solutions like bicycles rather than supporting a car culture. Cities including Vienna to Munich and Copenhagen have closed vast […] . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: A Look at European Transit Planning

Pop The Stack: More from Beyond the End-Of-The-Line

As if to justify my recent frustration with transit in this city today it took me much longer than usual to get home after a very nice time downtown. Now, one reason is the Greek Fest on Broadway, but that’s fine. Buses are rerouting around the festival and move quickly. The problem is getting a […] . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: More from Beyond the End-Of-The-Line