It’s the golden rule of crowded escalators: Stand on one side, walk on the other. But passengers taking the escalator in one of London’s busiest tube stations were recently confronted with a weird rule: Everyone must stand. Officials claim it will make stations run more efficiently. But how?
Mapfodder wondered what London would look like if the Tube map was geographically accurate, and the result is reminiscent of the first days of Apple Maps. Maybe this was the problem all along!
The history of rapid-transit began 150 years ago, with the opening of the Metropolitan Railway in London in 1863. In the next century and a half, dozens of architects and engineers have worked on underground tunnels and stations. Some are abandoned now, but others are as good as new. Here are some of the most…
Design writer Alissa Walker recently took a tour of L.A.'s original subway system, one whose tunnels are no longer in operation, though they remain down there bricked off and all but forgotten beneath buildings downtown.
New York City's Second Avenue Subway isn't scheduled to open until 2016, but the Metropolitan Transit Authority has just released photos of the construction in progress. That's a picture of a massive hole — inside which you could host an entire demolition derby — somewhere under 72nd Street. Mind-blowing. Hat tip to…
The original 1956 plan for the Bay Area Rapid Transit system was way more complex on paper than it is in reality. Designer Jake Coolidge has imagined a universe in which this full plan was implemented. And even though it doesn't involve filling in the Bay or underground rocket trains or pyramids, it does complement…
Imagine, if you will, a secret community dwelling beneath the streets of New York City, its inhabitants never allowed to travel to the surface or to interact in any way with the dreaded "Topsiders." That's the premise of an award-winning 1999 YA novel by Neal Shusterman called Downsiders, exploring what happens when a…
Urban explorers in Kiev risked a journey into the city's metro, and they discovered stark but glistening subterranean corridors. Just remember it's never a good idea to gallivant around subway tunnels. You have to watch out for incoming trains...and Morlocks.
These quirky Tokyo subway posters from 1976-1982 encourage public politeness using superheroes, monsters, aliens, and other icons. Pink Tentacle has a huge collection of these oddballs public service posters, but here are some of the best.
It's a typical day in New York. Leia Organa's doing some light reading on the subway, when suddenly a cadre of Imperial trooper enters. One stop later, a Sith Lord is using public transportation. Yes, Improv Everywhere has struck again.
Maybe putting a subway along the length of Cape Cod or Fire Island isn't the most practical idea in the world, but that hasn't stopped a team of speculative mapmakers from imagining how those transit lines might look.
There's something blissfully futuristic about subways. Maybe it's that these people-movers evoke space stations or arcologies. Or perhaps being shoved ass-to-shoulder together with strangers during rush hour unleashes some long-dormant pack instinct. Regardless, these metros are shiny.