Site Updates for the week of April 15 & 22, 2013

Late last week, I published the first page for my Hampton Roads portal regarding the Tide Light Rail Line in Norfolk, VA. I also went ahead and migrated my Tampa Bay Transit Museum page from my old site, since that page was very small. My next update will be to migrate content for Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) and complete the first of three blog posts on my travels to Norfolk.

In May, I plan to roll out several updates: first, the bus page for my Hampton Roads portal, then my Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) page for my Tampa Bay portal. I also will be working on several postings that I’ve been behind on this past month. I hope that later in the month of May, I can start building up my New York City portal.

Also be sure to look out for updates on HART MetroRapid later this month, as we approach the month of June, by which revenue service is slated to begin. There have been more and more shelters popping up all over the BRT corridor, and I hope to have some photos up soon!

Have a great rest of the week everyone!

If you see something, say something!

NOTE: I wrote this post back on April 16, 2013, which was the day after the horrific terrorist attacks that struck the Boston Marathon. I continue to pray for all those who were affected by this tragedy.

#BostonStrong

In the wake of the terrible events in Boston, MA, I would like to take a moment to remind everyone to keep a sharp eye out for anything suspicious, especially when using public transit. You may have seen or heard about security awareness campaigns put out by your area transit district since the 9/11 incidents in 2001. In Tampa and New York City, there have been posters and placards that read, If you see something, say something.

Below are some key things (noted by the NYC MTA) to look out for:

  • Be alert to unattended packages – Especially packages that may be left in an awkward or “out of the way” place, like underneath a bench.
  • Be wary of suspicious behavior – This can sometimes be difficult to notice, but if you notice that something just isn’t right about someone, don’t wait until it’s too late.
    • I especially want to point out any instances where you may see a group of people going about in an orchestrated manner. These circumstances often signal that a possible terrorist attack is about to take place.
  • Take notice of people in bulky or inappropriate clothing – For instance; it just doesn’t seem right to see someone clustered within a group of people, wearing a heavy jacket in the middle of a hot summer day.
  • Report exposed wiring or other irregularities – For instance, a security alarm panel that has numerous wires (especially cut wires) sticking out may be a sign that the device may have been tampered with.
  • Report anyone tampering with surveillance cameras or entering unauthorized areas – I think this one is pretty self-explanatory. If someone is not authorized to enter a restricted area, but deliberately tries to get into a restricted area without permission, that person may be up to something.
  • Know what to do in an event of an evacuation – It is vital to know how to evacuate a bus or train in the event that an evacuation is ordered. Your area transit district should have specific guidelines in place that facilitate an orderly evacuation from the transit system.

If you see anything of the above, or any other suspicious happenings, don’t just sit and wait! Alert a local law enforcement official or transit employee immediately! In some major cities, like New York City, special telephone numbers have been set up so that you can immediately report such activity. In New York City, the number is 888-NYC-SAFE (888-692-7233).

5th Anniversary Awesomeness!

Five years ago today, I started the Tampa Transit Utopia Blog and launched what would be the basis of my website today. I would first like to take a moment to thank all of my followers, including those at SkyScraperCity (you know who you are). Secondly, I want to announce that I will begin building up my pages for Hampton Roads and New York City in the next few weeks. You may have noticed in recent weeks, several updates that are aimed at building the foundation for these two pages. Once I’m done building the foundation for those pages, I’ll then continue migrating my Tampa transit content to their new pages. Finally, I am wanting to provide you with an update to some posts I’ve been planning. I know I’m behind on getting my Paris Metro Line 4 post up, it is coming…but things are taking longer than expected in terms of getting the drafts polished.

And by the way; for those of you keeping track of those daily ridership numbers for Hampton Roads Transit…keep your eyes peeled. There’s much more to come soon!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Site Updates for the first part of April, 2013

You may have noticed that I’ve made several updates to the site in recent weeks. The most noticeable change is the creation of three new pages: the TECOline Streetcar Line, Northern Tampa Bay, and Tampa International Airport People Mover and Monorail. These pages are relatively small in nature and thus did not take long for me to migrate the content. Additionally, the TECOline Streetcar page will serve as a basis to what my HART, PSTA, MCAT/SCAT, New York City, and Hampton Roads pages will all look like once they’re all finished. I’ve also made some changes to the “homepages” of each focus area to provide a more detailed explanation of what pages will be housed upon completion.

Hope you have a great weekend! There’s much more to come soon!