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  •  Holey crap on the connection data. Actual useful (0+ / 0-)

    info. What a contrast. Sigh.

    This health care system is a moral atrocity. Dr. Ralphdog

    by AllisonInSeattle on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 03:16:10 PM PST

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    •  Pretty standard. We have some of the most obtuse (1+ / 0-)
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      directions in the D.C. Metro. I see lost tourist all the time. In the 1960s Tokyo subway all stations had the station name bracketed by the next stations in each direction so that you always had a one station warning of your station. Here we have the sacrosanct map, giving little information but "artistic" and you'd better memorize the station before yours if you want warning.

      Barcelona? Well, several places in each car you have:

      And here you can see the system maps, showing bus and tram connection points and above the platforms a similar display as in the car as seen above.
      The somewhat weird excursion above gives you a chance to see a variety of the above ground markings as well. There are aids for the sight and hearing impaired as well.

      Most trips are on a timed basis instead of point to point fare. You validate your ticket or wave your chip card by the sensor and it marks the start time. An average time limit is 45 minutes and you can transfer or even get off and grab a snack if you want. Basically you ride the integrated system for the limit. There are generally no gates. For example in Lisbon's metro it is all wide open. A sign gave the story. Getting caught without a validated fare brings a very heavy fine. On one bus in Valencia an officer came aboard with a sensor. He chuckled when I pulled out my chip card and handed it to him, probably because the sensor had already read the thing showing I was good.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

      by pelagicray on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 08:53:09 PM PST

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      •  Love this. Thanks for it. (0+ / 0-)

        This health care system is a moral atrocity. Dr. Ralphdog

        by AllisonInSeattle on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 08:33:54 PM PST

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        •  The world of public transportation elsewhere is (0+ / 0-)

          something to "love" I think. People here sometimes talk of loving the freedom of their car. That "freedom" is increasingly becoming a trap in more urban areas. My twenty something mile run into the Washington Monument may be twenty-five minutes or an hour and a half "depending on traffic" and that often depends on whether or not there is a fender bender somewhere on I-66 causing total blockage there and spill over into all secondary highways. When I get there parking can be a problem.

          So, I find freedom in European cities of late. I am rarely more than a block from some segment of a fully integrated public transportation system, two words we seem to rarely accomplish. That local system integrates into a regional, national and international system that, unless I am trying to get in small villages and national parks quickly, simply means I am free from parking, traffic and worries a fender bender will ruin my day.

          Take a look at this and note about half way the child seat (blue green at left with shoulder belts). It should be near an area all those buses have that accommodates strollers. That lies directly opposite the mid-bus ramp. The stroller locks in and the adult sort of perches on a stand bench. Lots of kids zooming around there. You can see one of those video (ads, travel promotion, local events) and info monitors here. The circle with black center is the bus moving toward the stop and it seemed to be accurate with the view outside (GPS? sensors?).

          Nah! Freedom is being able to walk a block or two, hop on something five or, pretty bad, thirty minutes later and have essentially a continent available without many traffic or parking concerns.

          The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

          by pelagicray on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 06:32:50 AM PST

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