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A Map of California Rail (2013)

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Bay Area rail lines– more extensive than you thought, huh? Screen grab via: California Rail Map
It’s not hard to access a map of California’s highway system– from google maps to regional maps, highways are visible and this comes as no surprise. What is surprising however, is that it is only now has someone compiled a map of California’s extensive (and growing) rail system.
The team at California Rail Map has put together a map of California featuring:  Amtrak, BART, Muni, VTA, Caltrain, Altamont Commuter Express, Sacramento Regional Transit, NCTD, San Diego Trolley, LA Metro, and Metrolink (in addition to key bus and ferry connections between rail services).
The end result – a rather impressive map – highlights many possible ways to explore California’s gold, car-free!
For more information, head over to California Rail Map’s website.  And rail enthusiasts who just can’t get enough, make sure to check California Rail Map out on facebook for more impressive maps, infographics, and conversation about high-speed rail.
Oh yeah, and don’t forget to download your own California Rail Map.

Students can "Try Transit" with Wheels

Is there anything more frustrating than the predictable snarl of traffic around schools in the morning and afternoon. Does it start to seem like every car is an enormous SUV, each waiting to pick up a single tiny kid?
To soothe your commute, Wheels is offering kids FREE rides during the second and third week of school, August 19 through September 9.
The program, in its 11th year, introduces young riders to their local transportation system and provides them with a convenient, eco-friendly way to get to school and to after school activities. Free rides will be available to all middle and high school students on all fixed route and school tripper route service 1.
Students simply need to show the bus driver their valid school issued identification card to ride the bus for free during the promotion. Wheels’ school tripper service focuses on bringing students to and from school from the surrounding neighborhoods. Schedules will be available online prior to the start of the school year. Continue reading “Students can "Try Transit" with Wheels”