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Station display shows waiting commuters the best train carriage to get on
When a train arrives into a station, it’s often the case that travelers aren’t spread evenly along the platform and are huddled in the same spot. This is annoying for both commuters and operators because it means carriages get full while others are left empty and leads to longer boarding times. In the Netherlands, the NSReisplanner Xtra app has already offered train users a way to find a seat using their smartphone. Now the country’s Edenspiekermann design agency has developed a platform-length LED display which provides real-time information on carriage crowdedness and other details. READ MORE…
Crowdsourced transit app shows what time the bus will really come
The problem with most transport apps is that they rely on fixed data from transport company schedules and don’t truly reflect exactly what’s going on with the city’s trains and buses at any given moment. Operating like a Waze for public transport, Israel’s Ototo app crowdsources real-time information from passengers to give users the best suggestions for their commute. READ MORE…
In Japan, train station allotments let commuters garden on the move
Rooftop gardens are not only a solution to enabling space-scarce cities to create produce locally, but — when combined with specific venues — can be especially convenient, such as Dakboerin‘s farms atop restaurant kitchens in the Netherlands. Now Japan’s Soradofarm scheme is placing allotments on top of train stations, to allow commuters to more seamlessly fit growing their own vegetables into their busy lifestyles. READ MORE…
Business tie features secret subway map
Nowadays, it’s easy to defer to a smartphone whenever we need directions, but an internet connection isn’t always available in underground subway stations. For business commuters, a fashion label in Japan has developed the Subway Map Tie, which discreetly hides a plan of the Tokyo metro system on its inside. READ MORE…
Train station upcycles lost property for pop-up store
We recently wrote about how the Glove Love service is saving separated gloves from going to waste by matching them with other lost gloves and selling them. Following a similar concept, the Lost & Found pop-up store in the Netherlands is now turning unclaimed goods into new products to sell. READ MORE…
Cargo train is turned into travelling art gallery
Virgin Atlantic has already launched an in-flight art gallery to enable its Upper Class passengers to buy a piece of culture while they fly. Now Station to Station is another project that aims to create a dynamic, mobile gallery – this time in the form of a cargo train that will house collaborative works from a curated list of artists as it travels from coast to coast. READ MORE…
In France, high-speed train service for €10
French railway SNCF has graced our virtual pages on a couple of occasions before, both for its in-stationdaycare centers and for the cross-city video link it set up last year. Now there’s occasion to feature it again, thanks to its recent launch of the low-cost Ouigo train service. READ MORE…