Anti-terror checks are now a thing in Beijing subway stations, and so are massive crowds

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 3 June 2014

When the train is full and the bus is packed and you’re already running late, it’s usually a good excuse to pull a sickie from work (in my case, anyway). So have a thought for commuters in Beijing who are now subjected to anti-terror checks on the subway. Anti-terror checks are great – they keep […]

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Finally, a dress that expands for more personal space

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Fashion on Friday 16 May 2014

It’s rush hour and you’re stuck on a train going home. And there’s a bunch of people getting up in your face. It’s not only awkward, it’s uncomfortable. And then there’s that guy giving you those eyes. Need more personal space? Now there’s a dress for that! Artist Kathleen McDermott has created the Personal Space Dress that expands, thanks to ‘proximity sensors’ that identify when someone gets too close. 

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BMW designs the new subway cars of Kuala Lumpur

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 22 April 2014

BMW’s ‘the ultimate driving machine‘ slogan has been put to the test in new subway cars for Kuala Lumpur. Klang Valley, part of Kuala Lumpur’s capital, is building a three-line metro system that hopes to double its transit ridership within the next few years. The cars feature a blue LED lighting scheme, including under the […]

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Claustrophobic? Don’t ride Tokyo’s subway during rush hour

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Tuesday 8 April 2014

‘Tokyo Compression’ is a series by photographer Michael Wolf, in which he documents the daily grind of commuters in the packed subways of the busy metropolis. The series, which has already been published into three books, show the stressed out and tired faces of commuters through the subway windows during peak hours of the rush hour.

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Spike Away, the ultimate subway accessory

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Monday 9 December 2013

Rush hour commutes in the crowded subway are the worst. People are pushing and shoving each other just to get in the train, and when you manage to get in, it’s packed like a can of sardines. And it’s a good day if you’re lucky enough to not have someone’s crotch rubbing against you!

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30 squats will get you a subway ride in Moscow

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Video on Tuesday 19 November 2013

Olympic fever looks to be taking over the Russian capital with a Moscow subway handing out tickets all for the price of 30 squats. This special ticket machine was placed in a local subway of Moscow and passengers were given the option of exercising for their fares! From young kids to adults, everyone in this […]

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Photos of halloween in the New York City subway

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Photography on Friday 8 November 2013

Halloween was a week ago, so now you get to see all of the amazing costumes that showed up on the NYC subway. People were definitely getting creative this year, and thanks to The Gothamist, we can see some of the best costumes spotted in the subway. Whether people were heading to the bar, a […]

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Underground New York Public Library

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Monday 26 August 2013

Have you seen the Underground New York Public Library? Well, it’s not an actual library, but a blog featuring NYC subway commuters — with their candid snapshots taken by Ourit Ben-Haim — focused on burying their noses into their books while they travel to their destinations. It’s simply magical.

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Japan’s subway experiment: Beaming blue lights actually prevent suicides

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 14 June 2013

We just found out by accident today that Japan railway operators actually install blue LED lights above train platforms to calm suicidal commuters down. When they started doing it in 2009 as an experiment at three suicide hotspots along the Joban Line through Mito city, there was nothing to show if it would work. Now […]

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CIty Hall, the secret New York subway station

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 3 May 2013

We don’t know how, but somehow, somewhere in New York’s subway system, a secret City Hall subway station lurks. With its tall ceilings and brass fixtures, it looks positively majestic and grand. The station has been closed to the public since 1945 as it was deemed too unsafe for use, but apparently, commuters in the […]

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Armpit tube map

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By Maria Niarchos in New Trends on Saturday 13 April 2013

There is nothing worse than kicking off your day crammed on public transport with a sneezing-mess to your left and someone’s armpit to your right. Not to mention the impossible task of getting in a thorough map consultation. But what if that armpit was fully lined, with all the necessary location details you could need […]

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The Rat Free Subway movement want to rid New York subways of … well … rats

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Friday 1 March 2013

New Yorker’s deserve a rat free subway, don’t you think? This website is organized around a petition for better subway hygiene, which will ultimately mean less rats. There are fantastically disgusting videos and photos that angry citizens have submitted to make their point. The photo gallery even comes complete with grossness ratings. Go on. Get […]

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Passive aggressive bags to fend off subway commuters

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Tuesday 8 January 2013

We know the subway can be a treacherous place for anyone, especially during peak hours. Which is why these rather sulky Tube Rant tote bags against annoying human behavior on the tube are great for helping anyone deal with their moments of infuriation from ‘elbow space war’ to blatant reading of newspapers ‘over my sodding shoulder’. As the bio of the London-based creator behind the self-named label goes, ‘Rather than punching people in the face, Mardy Mabel decided to channel her rage and rancour into craft so that others could share her rants with friends, enemies and fellow public transport users.’ Good stuff.

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Love and Security: a NSFW video about Viennese actionism

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By Franck Deron in Video on Sunday 23 December 2012

Watch what happens when Viennese actionism takes to the subway. Would love to see the resulting subway cars drive into rush-hour stations.

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Underground art in Stockholm Subways

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Art on Monday 12 November 2012

In Stockholm, Sweden, metro stations are decorated like big, underground art museums. The colorful painted ceilings are a stark contrast from American subways, which aren’t exactly the most pleasant places to be. Within the Stockholm subway systems, you can find large art installations and painted murals all throughout the cave-like tunnels. Now you have a reason to want to take the subway.

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