Inventor of bus shelter dies

Today, May 27th 2016, Jean-Claude Deceaux died.  He started his company in 1955 at the age of 18 renting advertising space for advertising beside new highways being built in France. In 1964, he invented the bus shelter.  His concept was innovative.  It provided shelter and seating for passengers at no cost to transit operators, since…

Museum of the month: The Canadian Railway Museum

The museum of the month for May 2016 is: The Canadian Railway Museum. Situated in the Greater Montréal, Québec region, the museum is accessible via commuter train, commuter buses and has easy access via the highway network. Their collection is geared primarily towards the history of trains in Canada as well as urban transit in…

The Last Streetcar in LA

Check out this article in The Guardian on the demise of the LA streetcar system. The article has a link to a short video made in 1961 – “Ride The Last Red Car Los Angeles” ~Thanks to Susan Handy for this post

Transportation Planning Influenced by Oil

A fascinating essay on the history of fire risk in the refinery district of southern Philadelphia and the resurgence of petroleum refining and rail transport of Bakken formation crude oil in recent years. The author — Christopher Dougherty, a Project Manager at Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park Conservancy — studied Transportation Planning at Temple University and his essay links…

Film: How Kids Travel – U.S. vs. Japan

From CenterLines, #408: “The Slow Way Home” is a documentary film about walking and biking to school in Japan and in one US community in Oregon that has been airing in some U.S. PBS markets recently. The way children travel to school structures daily life for families around the world–but the means differs dramatically. In…

Highway History: California’s Ridge Route

In the Los Angeles Times on May 2nd there is a fine article by Charles Fleming entitled “A Rocky Road for Historic Highway” that might well be of interest to Moving History readers. It deals with the history of the Ridge Route and its current status. The Ridge Route crossed the Tehachapi Mountains and linked…