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Links roundup—transit edition

February 27, 2012

The entrance to Moscow’s Woksalna Metro station, via The Atlantic Cities. (Click image for source.)

  • Check out this photo gallery of subway stations from around the world. [The Atlantic Cities]
  • 39 reasons why transportation costs so much, including, among other things, project creep, fragmented governance, and open government/costs of democracy. [The Transportationist]
  • Fantasy subway announcements: “Ladies and gentlemen, cheap headphones are no excuse for inflicting your bad musical taste on fellow passengers.” [NYT City Room Blog]
  • San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit Authority is spending $3 billion to replace all of its 775 subway cars. [Transportation Nation]
  • A photo of the rarely seen U.S. Capitol subway system made its way into the New York Times. [The Railfan Window Blog] [NYT]
  • The Chicago Transit Authority is looking to bring in some cash by auctioning off unused spare parts. [WBEZ]
  • New York State is also selling off excess transportation equipment—the state even has its own eBay account. [Transportation Nation]
  • The MTA reopened the 4th Ave./9th St. station in Brooklyn—after 40 years. [Gothamist] [2nd Ave. Sagas]
  • Eying the next generation of MTA megaprojects. [2nd Ave. Sagas]
  • Transit superfan Darius McCollum is facing up to 15 years in prison for stealing a NJ Trailways bus in August 2010. [Gothamist]
  • McCollum, who has Asperger’s syndrome, has gotten into this kind of trouble many times before. “Mr. McCollum’s fixation with the transit system first got him in trouble at 15, when he was arrested after driving the E train to the World Trade Center from Herald Square. Over the years, his list of offenses grew to include slipping into subway control towers, tripping emergency brakes, as well as impersonating workers.” [NYT]
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