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2012-06-28 09:18:35 AM
Things in London are overpriced? You don't say!
 
2012-06-28 09:20:35 AM
How to make a slideshow even more annoying: Make it change slides while you're trying to read without you clicking!
 
2012-06-28 09:29:25 AM
Go to the Imperial War Museum. Amazing place.
 
2012-06-28 09:32:34 AM
I disagree. At least in London once you hit the daily max the rest of your rides are free. Superuseful as a tourist.

Washington DC, on the other hand... if I commute to work, commute home to take the dog for a walk, get back on the system to go to a ballgame, catch a train to my favorite bar afterward, and then get back on the train to head home, we're talkin' $17+ for the day.
 
Heb
2012-06-28 09:33:44 AM
fark the tube, just grab a bike these days :)

www.thebikelightshop.co.uk
 
2012-06-28 09:36:14 AM

Heb: fark the tube, just grab a bike these days :)


I've never taken one of the Barclays bikes. How much are they charging for them?
 
2012-06-28 09:37:00 AM
In case anyone's curious, I found this link of public transit prices around the world. It's 2 years old, but you get the idea.
 
2012-06-28 09:44:59 AM
What I want to know regarding The Tube is this: they invented it a long, long time. Presumably they have had time to perfect it the point of being just right. Every car is custom-made specifically to be used in The Tube. The height of every single platform in every single station is both uniform and well-known to the people who build the cars. So why on Earth is it that they build all the Tube cars to be several inches higher than the freaking platforms ??!?? do they have some sort of fetish for the lady who voices the "mind the gap" message ? do they think she's some kind of tourist attraction ? or is it that they awarded the design and manufacture of Tube cars to the Lucas Electric company ?

Seriously, does any Farker know ?
 
2012-06-28 09:53:40 AM

C0rf: I disagree. At least in London once you hit the daily max the rest of your rides are free. Superuseful as a tourist.

Washington DC, on the other hand... if I commute to work, commute home to take the dog for a walk, get back on the system to go to a ballgame, catch a train to my favorite bar afterward, and then get back on the train to head home, we're talkin' $17+ for the day.


And Metro fares are going up on Sunday.

The last round of fare hikes finally made me decide to drive when I am going to a Nationals game. Getting mugged on a train last summer help me make the switch, too.
 
2012-06-28 09:54:20 AM

C0rf: I disagree. At least in London once you hit the daily max the rest of your rides are free. Superuseful as a tourist.

Washington DC, on the other hand... if I commute to work, commute home to take the dog for a walk, get back on the system to go to a ballgame, catch a train to my favorite bar afterward, and then get back on the train to head home, we're talkin' $17+ for the day.


You could buy a daily pass that is much cheaper in DC, for 9 bucks you can go back and forth as much as you want after 9:30am. So add whatever it costs to get to work which is about 5 bucks and you can go all over the place for $14. Not too crazy.
 
2012-06-28 10:01:01 AM

C0rf: I disagree. At least in London once you hit the daily max the rest of your rides are free. Superuseful as a tourist.

Washington DC, on the other hand... if I commute to work, commute home to take the dog for a walk, get back on the system to go to a ballgame, catch a train to my favorite bar afterward, and then get back on the train to head home, we're talkin' $17+ for the day.


Or you get a monthly pass and not have to think about it.

But I agree about London. Get an Oyster card and the system recomputes your fare usage at the end of the day and applies the lowest fare option for the day based on your zones and time of day traveled.
 
2012-06-28 10:01:45 AM

satorivt: C0rf: I disagree. At least in London once you hit the daily max the rest of your rides are free. Superuseful as a tourist.

Washington DC, on the other hand... if I commute to work, commute home to take the dog for a walk, get back on the system to go to a ballgame, catch a train to my favorite bar afterward, and then get back on the train to head home, we're talkin' $17+ for the day.

You could buy a daily pass that is much cheaper in DC, for 9 bucks you can go back and forth as much as you want after 9:30am. So add whatever it costs to get to work which is about 5 bucks and you can go all over the place for $14. Not too crazy.


You can do the same thing for London. One Day Travelcard. And you don't have to be in London to get one: out-of-London stations sell them that includes a return trip for the day.

Wasn't the single price deliberately raised to get people to use pre-pay Oyster Cards?
 
Heb
2012-06-28 10:05:02 AM

fireclown: Heb: fark the tube, just grab a bike these days :)

I've never taken one of the Barclays bikes. How much are they charging for them?


There's an access fee and a usage charge. Access fee (to get the bike out of the docking station) is £1 for 24 hours, £5 for a week's worth of cycling or £45 for the year.

Then you just pay for what you use. First 30 mins of any journey (from undocking to redocking) is free. 30 mins to an hour is £1. £4 for an hour and a half, £6 for two hours, and so on, up to £50 for 24 hours.

They aren't really great value to go cycling around the city all day (you should just hire a bike for that), but if you are just going from one place to another it's cheap as chips.
 
2012-06-28 10:12:24 AM

Jackpot777: Wasn't the single price deliberately raised to get people to use pre-pay Oyster Cards?


Can you use oyster cards for out-of-london travel? Say, to Cambridge? And is there a way to buy one while I'm in the US so that I can have one in my wallet when I land?
 
2012-06-28 10:13:26 AM

capt.hollister: What I want to know regarding The Tube is this: they invented it a long, long time. Presumably they have had time to perfect it the point of being just right. Every car is custom-made specifically to be used in The Tube. The height of every single platform in every single station is both uniform and well-known to the people who build the cars. So why on Earth is it that they build all the Tube cars to be several inches higher than the freaking platforms ??!?? do they have some sort of fetish for the lady who voices the "mind the gap" message ? do they think she's some kind of tourist attraction ? or is it that they awarded the design and manufacture of Tube cars to the Lucas Electric company ?

Seriously, does any Farker know ?


When the UG was first being built [ACW period] each line was opened by a different company with standards that were not necessarily the same as their rivals. There are still compromises such as the ones you've mentioned. Retro-fitting/engineering the system is an ongoing and monumental task that has never been rigourously and ruthlessly taken on.

In brighter news: Link
 
2012-06-28 10:14:32 AM

fireclown: Jackpot777: Wasn't the single price deliberately raised to get people to use pre-pay Oyster Cards?

Can you use oyster cards for out-of-london travel? Say, to Cambridge? And is there a way to buy one while I'm in the US so that I can have one in my wallet when I land?


Ta Da: Link
 
2012-06-28 10:18:45 AM

fireclown: Jackpot777: Wasn't the single price deliberately raised to get people to use pre-pay Oyster Cards?

Can you use oyster cards for out-of-london travel? Say, to Cambridge? And is there a way to buy one while I'm in the US so that I can have one in my wallet when I land?


Missed your first q. Try here: Link - short answer is no wrt Cambridge. Cambridge station by the way is miles and miles from the city centre - stoopid historical reasons.
 
2012-06-28 10:19:55 AM

lohphat: C0rf: I disagree. At least in London once you hit the daily max the rest of your rides are free. Superuseful as a tourist.

Washington DC, on the other hand... if I commute to work, commute home to take the dog for a walk, get back on the system to go to a ballgame, catch a train to my favorite bar afterward, and then get back on the train to head home, we're talkin' $17+ for the day.

Or you get a monthly pass and not have to think about it.


Buying monthly passes might not work for a majority of people commuting on Metro.

Most Federal workers get a direct transit subsidy, and many private sector folks (like me) have money taken out of our pay pre-tax, for the Metro. I don't know of any way to use those funds to purchase passes rather than use it for one-off bus/rail fare.
 
2012-06-28 10:23:13 AM

fireclown: Jackpot777: Wasn't the single price deliberately raised to get people to use pre-pay Oyster Cards?

Can you use oyster cards for out-of-london travel? Say, to Cambridge? And is there a way to buy one while I'm in the US so that I can have one in my wallet when I land?


You can simply get your Oyster card from a vending machine or ticketing window at your first station.

The only downside to Oyster is that if you want to top it up you must use cash at a kiosk as they only take Chip and PIN cards.

It's a PITA the US can't get off its ass to upgrade our banking card system while they're gambling and losing billions of their clients' assets.
 
2012-06-28 10:37:39 AM

midpoint: Missed your first q. Try here: Link - short answer is no wrt Cambridge. Cambridge station by the way is miles and miles from the city centre - stoopid historical reasons.


I'd kind of wondered why it was as far as it was. I figured that everything in Cambridg is so effing historical that nothing could be built nearby. There is a bike rental place right by the station though, which is nice.
 
2012-06-28 10:40:51 AM

fireclown: midpoint: Missed your first q. Try here: Link - short answer is no wrt Cambridge. Cambridge station by the way is miles and miles from the city centre - stoopid historical reasons.

I'd kind of wondered why it was as far as it was. I figured that everything in Cambridg is so effing historical that nothing could be built nearby. There is a bike rental place right by the station though, which is nice.


Kinda. When the railways were being laid down in that part of the world, the Colleges, the Clergy and the Aristocracy didn't want any of that filthy proletarian rubbish on their land. Cambridge Station is as close as land could be bought for it.
 
2012-06-28 10:53:51 AM

FurbyGoneFubar: How to make a slideshow even more annoying: Make it change slides while you're trying to read without you clicking!


The mouseover chat bubbles with enigmatic ellipses are a nice touch too. E.g.:
- Learn to dance with the Eng...
- Book a llamasqua beauty I...
- Discover modern masterpiece...
- Listen to live jazz with su...

Anytime I see a Stylist link that starts with a number bigger than 2, I mentally think "Pass!"
 
2012-06-28 11:07:34 AM
A fake Oyster card reboots the Myki terminals in Melbourne.
 
2012-06-28 11:28:33 AM

capt.hollister: So why on Earth is it that they build all the Tube cars to be several inches higher than the freaking platforms ??!?? do they have some sort of fetish for the lady who voices the "mind the gap" message ? do they think she's some kind of tourist attraction ?


"Mind the Gap" refers to the horizontal gap at curved platforms.
 
2012-06-28 11:35:17 AM

orbister: capt.hollister: So why on Earth is it that they build all the Tube cars to be several inches higher than the freaking platforms ??!?? do they have some sort of fetish for the lady who voices the "mind the gap" message ? do they think she's some kind of tourist attraction ?

"Mind the Gap" refers to the horizontal gap at curved platforms.


i.imgur.com
 
2012-06-28 01:26:43 PM
I love the Tube.

There's a great behind-the-scenes series from the BBC about how it all works: Part One here. (warning: addictive!)
 
2012-06-29 08:20:02 AM

tillerman35: The mouseover chat bubbles with enigmatic ellipses are a nice touch too. E.g.:
- Learn to dance with the Engineers
- Book a llamasqua beauty Iawn ornament
- Discover modern masterpiece dildoes
- Listen to live jazz with sudden death

Anytime I see a Stylist link that starts with a number bigger than 2, I mentally think "Pass!"


CTFY
 
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