Social Transit Research Lab

The Social Transit Research Lab (stArlab) is an open source effort to gather ideas about the socially-connected, socially-conscious transportation of the future. We produce Weeels, the free cab-sharing smartphone app for NYC.

Our blog is where we collect discoveries from the world of new transit, social and not, high tech and low.

July 26, 2011 at 11:10am
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new york I love you but
newyorker:

A subway-themed Cartoon of the Day.
Enter this week’s Cartoon Caption Contest.

new york I love you but

newyorker:

A subway-themed Cartoon of the Day.

Enter this week’s Cartoon Caption Contest.

12:05am
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Dreaming up new social transit in Nairobi (with the d.school)

Dreaming up new social transit in Nairobi (with the d.school)

July 14, 2011 at 5:27pm
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Cab share scheme would ease afternoon traffic in Cyprus →

I’d love to go there. This via the Cyprus Mail:

The communications ministry scheme involves creating a central call centre for people to contact for afternoon activities, such as pupils’ private lessons. The centre will then coordinate the calls and notify a taxi, which can then pick up groups of pupils who are going in the same direction.

The scheme would cut the number of private cars on the road while keeping taxi fare costs down for individual passengers. This is also expected to boost business for taxi drivers who have been complaining about loss of income, especially since the introduction of a more extensive bus system last year with cheap bus fairs.

The ministry’s unit dealing with public transport has prepared a survey for the new scheme and Communications Minister Erato Kozakou Marcoullis will present to the taxi drivers tomorrow when she meets with them to discuss their problems.

“It is something we are examining as a means of reducing the use of cars,” said Marcoullis. “We will help plan this service and our main role is to change the current law, which at the moment doesn’t allow for taxis to be hired [in this way]. Therefore we will have to change the law first and now that parliament is open, we will be able to promote it as soon as possible.”

June 20, 2011 at 9:47pm
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reanimationlibrary:

From The Wonderful World/The Wonderful World of the Sea. Fisher, James. Garden City, NY: Hanover House, 1954.

reanimationlibrary:

From The Wonderful World/The Wonderful World of the Sea. Fisher, James. Garden City, NY: Hanover House, 1954.

(via edificecomplex)

9:46pm
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Better Data & Apps Improve Public Transit Usage

More data, please.

From TechDirt: We’ve noted before the odd fact that various transit authorities around the globe have been trying to stop people from making useful transit apps, with things like schedules and whatnot. The argument from those transit authorities is incredibly short-sighted. It usually has something to do with claims about how the scheduling data is “proprietary” and the authority’s “intellectual property.” The key point, of course, is that they’re hoping to make money licensing the data. But that’s really short-sighted. As some new studies are showing, better apps and technology make it much easier and enjoyable for people to use public transit. In other words, by allowing people to use the data to make better apps, they could get a lot more long-term riders. You would think that would be the goal…

And then, the first comment:
Nope. Most public transport agencies are subsidized with tax dollars and, like most other government agencies, their goal is to provide as little service as possible while drawing as much money as possible.

8:18pm
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texturism:

10 blocks of gorgeousness. get up there! | via fastcodesign

texturism:

10 blocks of gorgeousness. get up there! | via fastcodesign

(via dpstyles)

May 10, 2011 at 1:43am
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We are not sure whether to smile or cry when we realize that the video for the most popular song about riding the train of the last decade takes place aboard a spaceship.

thispersonstinks:

Happy National Train Day and Week

1:36am
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The sad  slow death of America’s passenger trains. No one takes the train anymore, so why pour more money into it, right? But perhaps no one takes the train because there are no trains to take. If rail travel was cheap, and convenient and fast, there is no telling what the market might be.

fastcompany:

The sad slow death of America’s passenger trains. No one takes the train anymore, so why pour more money into it, right? But perhaps no one takes the train because there are no trains to take. If rail travel was cheap, and convenient and fast, there is no telling what the market might be.

(via fastcompany)

1:36am
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Luv it mayne
chihuahuaconda:

Transportation + Communication = Love

Luv it mayne

chihuahuaconda:

Transportation + Communication = Love

1:34am
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In transportation, we are shying away from major new projects like high-speed rail because they do not fit in with contemporary American commuting trends — forgetting the fact that the U.S. car reliance is a constructed one. We spent massively to create the highway network, and the result is that it is now the backbone of most Americans’ daily commutes. There was nothing natural about that process, and no reason to think that it cannot be reversed if we thought differently about our transportation system development. We are adding population at such a quick rate that we could encourage different commuting trends if we want to, but only if we invest the resources to do so.

— Yonah Freemark, “A Note on the Future of American Transportation” (via newleft)