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How Many Of These Cities Can You Identify Using Only Their Transit Stops?

Can you “Guess The City” with nothing more than bus stops and train stations?

image via "Guess The City" screen capture (Portland, OR)

I can still remember the city bus route that took me home every day after high school (good ol’ B-84) and, if hard pressed, could probably rattle off at least 60% of the stops it made along the way. Public transportation is unique in its ability to bring people together while easily letting them explore the contours of their shared metropolis. There’s something about public transit that sticks with you, and helps define your very understanding of what makes a community tick. Spend enough time on mass transit and it becomes impossible to separate your time on the rails or roads from your sense of the city as a whole.

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Nepal Makes Public Transport Safer for Women by Getting Rid of Men

A company has introduced a line of women-only buses.

A Nepalese women rickshaw driver. Photo by Flickr user Sirensongs.

According to a World Bank study, one in four women in Nepal have experienced some kind of inappropriate touching while riding public transportation. Women comprise at least a third of all riders in the country, but many of them feel anxiety and fear commuting in public buses. And women in Nepal have been campaigning passionately to end sexual harassment and make public transportation, as well as other public domains, safer for women – in the meantime, however, one private company has offered them an alternative: women-only buses.

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Every weekday, well over 5 million people ride the subway in New York. It's an amazingly well-connected system, but it still isn't a perfect experience, and a design student at the School of Visual Arts decided to take on the challenge of imagining 100 ways the subway could be better. Each day, he posts a new idea on Tumblr—from more readable signs, to padded walls to reduce the squeal of metal as the train rounds corners, to bike racks.

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By: Alex Goldmark

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