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No One Knows When New York’s Subway Will Reopen

As residents and officials survey the damage to New York City this morning, one thing is clear: it is the worst mass transit crisis in city history.

“The New York City subway system is 108 years old," MTA chairman Joseph J. Lhotasaidin a statement last night, "But it has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night." Seven subway tunnels were inundated, Lhota said. Photos showed flooding in stations from Bay Ridge, at the foot of Brooklyn, toHarlem, in Upper Manhattan. The PATH station connecting Lower Manhattan to New Jersey alsoflooded, Kubrick-style, as did the World Trade Center construction site.

According to New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, Lhota told CBS the situation was worse than the worst case scenario the MTA had envisioned. There have been rumors the system could be down for a week, but the MTA has refused to speculate about a timeline.

Read more. [Image: Reuters/Andrew Kelly]


The Jeepney

The iconic, colorful, decorative, mode of transportation of the Philippines. They were created out of the leftover U.S. military jeeps in the Philippines after World War II and have transformed into a form of taxi/bus service throughout the country. The jeepney is one of the most iconic images of the Philippines that has also become a sort of symbol among Filipino’s.

Among recent years there has been an environmental issue among the use of the jeepney’s as they are one of the major sources of the high pollution in major cities especially in Manila. To combat this problem the electronic jeepney’s or e-jeepney’s were created that can be charged into an electric sockect using power from biodegradable waste.

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Thrillist created this hilarious map of what DC’s Metro stations are actually like. To see a more detailed version of the map click here

A driverless bus system is actually going to exist

As technology companies and automakers race to put a driverless car on the road, they might want to take a look at a small experiment being conducted in the Netherlands. WEpods, an abbreviation of Wageningen and Ede, two towns in the south-central province of Gelderland, will soon play host to a driverless bus system, ferrying dignitaries and visitors to a local university via six-passenger vehicles that look a bit like enclosed, oversized golf carts. Unlike similar autonomous transport systems currently in use, such as the Rotterdam Rivium bus or Heathrow airport shuttles, these electrically powered vehicles won’t run on dedicated tracks, instead rolling on the same roadways used by human drivers.

“It’s very strange to trust a robot to drive you from one place to another,” says project manager Alwin Bakker.

Learn more about the project.


How seven cities are inventing the future of transportation

How do you get to the city of the future? Seven cities have spent six months racing to answer that question. They’re vying for a $40 million start-up prize from the U.S. Department of Transportation, which asked them to juggle three big ideas: automation, climate change and urban inequality. But even without the federal cash or “Smart City” crown, city officials say big changes are coming faster than people realize.

Related story: Can a wonked-out reality competition help save the American city?

Yikes! Do you suffer from Galeophobia? If so, you’d probably opt to take the stairs rather than get inside this awesomely terrifying elevator. It’s been decorated to look like the inside of a shark cage with an enormous great white shark ominously hanging out on the other side of the bars.

James Delaney spotted and photographed the inside of this elevator in Johannesburg, South Africa while attending a tourism convention.

[via Neatorama]