June 20, 2011

Annals of Transit – 3

An occasional update on items from the Transit City.

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BUS VERSUS TOY

Which is faster: a cross-town New York City bus or a Big Wheels toy?

You can guess the answer, can’t you – but it’s still fun to watch:

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A MONORAIL FOR DISNEY

Fascinating piece on how Disneyland acquired a monorail – “the first daily operating monorail in the western hemisphere.”

From Walt’s first sighting of the German monorail flying overhead while on vacation to the televised grand opening of the attraction with the Vice President of the United States (Richard Nixon, behind Disney, above) took less than one year. In that short time span the Imagineers engineered a functional suspension system, designed a beautiful train, installed the track, and tested the system so that it would be safe for the millions of passengers who would soon be riding. Imagine Disney trying to work on that timeline in this day and age. 

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OLD NEWS

From New Urban News:

A new report from the AARP Public Policy Institute – “How the Travel Patterns of Older Adults Are Changing,”  – predicts that older travelers will change the landscape of transportation in coming years:.

Transit use by people age 65+, as a share of all the trips they take, increased by a remarkable 40 percent between 2001 and 2009,” the report observes, adding, “This is particularly significant in light of previous declines in public transportation use among persons in this age group.” In past decades, people had made less, not more, use of transit as they got older.

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