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Subway skyscraper
November 21, 2015, 3:17 pm
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subway infographic
January 10, 2014, 8:43 pm
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From the University of North Carolina’s School of Government:transit_final_ (1).jpg



london tube live
October 2, 2013, 3:46 pm
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http://traintimes.org.uk/map/tube/

cool map



linea h buenos aires
May 4, 2013, 12:40 pm
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401px-Línea_H,_tren_saliendo_del_túnel_en_la_estación_Venezuela_(Buenos_Aires,_noviembre_2008)



university subway Naples by Karim Rashid
May 13, 2012, 1:40 am
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Eglinton crosstown subway project
January 4, 2012, 5:26 am
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A cool video of the new Eglinton crosstown subway project in Toronto.  They’re starting now, and it won’t be finished until 2020.  The five meter diameter tunneling machines drill 75 meters a week.   It should have a huge impact on the city.  It will move more people quicker and more efficiently.  Also, it will create demand along its route for increased density of housing, offices and shops, which will contribute greatly to the overall sustainability of the Great Lakes city.

Ideally there would be another east west line between Bloor St and Eglinton.  The rule of thumb with transit is a quarter mile walk from any given point in the city to a subway station.  Older cities with more developed subway systems like Paris, London and New York meet this criteria and have vastly higher ratios of people using their trains because of the ease of use.

You have to start somewhere, though, and Eglinton is a good choice as it is already a heavily trafficked street, developed with a good density of residences and commercial spaces.  This crosstown line is a fantastic investment for the future citizens of the city of Toronto.



a quarter mile to the nearest station

PR BC QUARTER MILE MAPS MONTREAL PR BC QUARTER MILE MAPS TORONTO PR BC QUARTER MILE MAPS PHILA PR BC QUARTER MILE MAPS NEW YORK

Here are maps I made quickly of quarter mile radius (mathematicians will know almost immediately this means half mile diameter) circles centered on subway and suburban train stations.  A quarter mile is a good measure of a comfortable walk from your home to your local station on your way to work or to do your shopping.

The four maps are of Montreal, Toronto, New York and Philadelphia.  What to look for is the areas outside of the blue circles, because these are the areas in these cities that are not properly served by a subway.

I remember in the 1970s Toronto apparently had a subway system that was the envy of the world.  I believe they added two new lines – Scarborough and Sheppard – since the initial system was built.   The map tells the story: most areas of the city are poorly served by trains.  Philly and Montreal are the same.

New York is another story: it’s very well served by its trains especially in Manhattan and Brooklyn but also in the other boroughs.