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  1. WhoozOn1st

    Beverly Hills Subway Route OKed, saving millions

    Take that NIMBYS!! (but it still ain't over 'til it's over) "Westside subway extension survives legal challenge by Beverly Hills"" -- http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-subway-lawsuit-ruling-20140403,0,2491628.story#ixzz2xqvJXgHP "Knocking down one of the last hurdles for Los Angeles'...
  2. WhoozOn1st

    FREE Video Weekend, Model Railroader Video Plus

    A little heads up, FWIW: Model Railroader Video Plus, a spinoff of the magazine, is celebrating its first birthday by showing free videos all weekend, March 29, and 30, 2014. For these two days access is free and open to everyone. Even ME!! "Watch as many how-to videos, layout visits...
  3. WhoozOn1st

    20-Year Battle Over Italian HSR

    Multiple issues - local to international - involved in the new France-Italy link of a "Mediterranean Corridor." Original line built in 1871. "Italy Divided Over Rail Line Meant to Unite" --...
  4. WhoozOn1st

    Transit Ridership At Historic Peak

    Use of Public Transit in U.S. Reaches Highest Level Since 1956, Advocates Report -- http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/10/us/use-of-public-transit-in-us-reaches-highest-level-since-1956-advocates-report.html?ref=todayspaper "The ridership in 2013, when gas prices were lower than in 2008, undermines...
  5. WhoozOn1st

    Fare Deadbeats Over 25% Of L.A. Orange Line Riders

    L.A. Metro's Orange Line has a color name like the rail lines, but it's a rapid bus that spans much of the San Fernando Valley. It has grade crossings and gates like a rail line, but is just a stinking bus. And now it turns out that a huge chunk of its passengers stink at paying their fares...
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    L.A. Blue Line Getting Big Refurb

    In the print headline for this story the L.A. Times had the chutzpah to call L.A.'s Metro Blue Line "aging, as in "Aging Metro Blue Line to get $1.2-billion investment." HAH!! Wonder how they'd characterize some of the eastern systems? "Prehistoric T," "Antediluvian IRT?" "Ancient LIRR?"...
  7. WhoozOn1st

    Pants-free MTA Subway Sunday L.A.

    No ifs or ands, plenty of butts... No Pants Day 2014: Expect undie-clad Metro rail riders on Sunday -- http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-no-pants-subway-los-angeles-metro-trains-20140109,0,440111.story#ixzz2qEoB9K95 "As part of an international improvisation event called the 'No...
  8. WhoozOn1st

    Team Whooz High Iron Holidays

    Greetings from the Amtrak Lounge and Old Folks Home at Los Angeles Union Station, where the high-class clientele, frail as they might be, are besides themselves with excitement and revelry - rocking to and fro (mostly fro), stomping their walkers and canes, and throwing bingo ink daubers - over...
  9. WhoozOn1st

    Metrolink Gets Extension Grant

    It's not a huge chunk-O-change, and it won't happen overnight (what does?), but there's a Perris station ready to go, and a transit center (buses) already operational adjacent to it. From the Perris depot you can see one end of the Orange Empire Railway Museum's main line not many yards away...
  10. WhoozOn1st

    Subway Made You Late? Get A Note!

    The NYC MTA issues "Subway Delay Verification" notes that can be given to bosses, clients, etc. (maybe suspicious spouses?) "Delayed Train? Skeptical Boss? M.T.A. Will Give Passengers a Late Note" --...
  11. WhoozOn1st

    Super Mario NYC Subway Map

    This fun little video is for a Super Mario World version of the New York subway map in poster format. Near the end the viewer is invited to watch a follow-on video of the map in a Super Mario World 3 version; same map, different palette...
  12. WhoozOn1st

    Trains That Never Stop

    This oughta go over well... "This Is the Train That Never Stops" -- http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/train-that-never-stops "No stopping would mean no in-station 'dwelling' and an infinitely more predictable schedule in general. Trains would slow down to pick up the passenger 'pods' at the...
  13. WhoozOn1st

    Fast Toll Lane Buses For Austin

    :hi: Happy :D bus :angry2: :help: riding :blink: , jimhudson! :excl: If Buses on MoPac Go Faster, More People Will Ride (Maybe) -- http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/29/us/if-buses-on-mopac-go-faster-more-people-will-ride-maybe.html?ref=todayspaper "In 2015, an 11-mile stretch of MoPac...
  14. WhoozOn1st

    Los Angeles

    First, it's difficult to believe that in the 2+ years of this subforum nobody's yet begun an L.A. topic. Here's a Los Angeles Times guide to Union Station and its neighborhood. There's a story, a brief video, a timeline of the station's history, and probably most helpful for new arrivals an...
  15. WhoozOn1st

    Working On The Railway

    A boy hires out as a MoPac fireman in this NY Times Business section piece... A Boy Who Played With Trains - http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/20/business/a-boy-who-played-with-trains.html?pagewanted=1&ref=todayspaper "My first job that mattered was on the Missouri Pacific Railroad, in 1963. I...
  16. WhoozOn1st

    The Road To Chicago

    Greetings from Las Cruces, New Mexico, and welcome to Day 3 on the Team Whooz Road To Chicago. Team Whooz Executive Assistant Alice is on her way to attend the 7th Annual Amtrak Unlimited Gathering, and my personal goal for the trip is to make it to that toddlin' town and back without breaking...
  17. WhoozOn1st

    Manhattan Gets Real-Time Bus Info

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/08/nyregion/real-time-bus-information-available-for-manhattan.html?ref=todayspaper "Riders can now find live maps of routes on the authority’s Web site, using a smartphone or desktop computer. Certain smartphones allow travelers to find the information by scanning...
  18. WhoozOn1st

    Metro-North New Haven Line Crippled

    "Hours after a predawn power loss shut down service on much of Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven line, transit officials warned on Wednesday afternoon that service could be disrupted for several days, and possibly longer, upending commutes for tens of thousands of travelers." Limited Service on...
  19. WhoozOn1st

    L.A. Blue Line Suicides

    Try to overlook the technical errors (4 light rail lines, not 6; operators, no conductors, etc.)... Blue Line earns deadly reputation for suicides - http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-blue-line-suicides-20130924,0,1792452.story "Patricia Mayes was navigating a Red Line train into the...
  20. WhoozOn1st

    L.A.'s Angels Flight Derails

    Suffering a rather convoluted path of equipment failure, the iconic funicular is out of action once again. When it might resume operations is "unclear." Angels Flight car comes off track, stranding Australian tourist - http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-angels-flight-20130906,0,3692857.story...
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